Villagers' housing battle continues

Campaigners in Irchester have been pushing on with their attempt to prevent parts of the village being designated for housing development.

The Evening Telegraph reported in March that residents packed Wellingborough Council's chamber holding banners protesting against plans for the village to take 100 new homes.

Residents staged the protest as the council's development committee discussed a document looking at sites to accommodate the number of homes needed for the local authority to hit Government targets.

Residents say since the proposals to create the 100 homes in Irchester

were put forward, the village has seen a substantial number built.

At that meeting councillors voted to create a working party to examine the 200-page document and report back to a meeting in June.

One of the aims of the residents' campaign is to get an area to the south of Irchester taken out of these plans.

In the meantime campaigners in Irchester have been keeping the momentum going with their cause and have set up a website, www.saveirchestercountryside.co.uk.

Campaign spokesman Tony Skipper said: "What we are asking is for the area to the south of Irchester to be taken out and for that area to be an area of restraint to stop building there in the future and make it an area of outstanding natural beauty."

He said the campaign was going well and had received a lot of support.

He said: "It's basically gaining momentum.

"We have got about 4,000 people supporting us now and if we need to we are going to have a protest rally in Irchester.

"We are trying to give the council time to look at the proposals and also keep up the pressure on them."

He said at Irchester Parish Council's next meeting on May 19, councillors are set to discuss setting up a working party "to steer the possible expansion of the village into areas that the villagers want".

The meeting will take place at the village hall at 7pm.