Anger over plans to build new homes on green play area

Plans to build eight new homes on the site of a play area have angered local residents.

An application seeking outline permission to build homes, parking spaces and a play area on a playground in Harborough Way, Rushden, has been submitted to East Northamptonshire Council.

The application states that the land is currently owned by Rushden Town Council, which wishes to dispose of the site.

Harborough Road resident Dora Paynton said: “This area is very built-up already and we have just lost a tiny green space, at the top of Harborough Road, adjacent to Walmer Close, where planning permission has just been granted for one dwelling.

“Because of the parked cars, particularly in the evenings and at the weekends when everyone is home, I drive through Harborough Way from my house, instead of the full length of Harborough Road.

“It will become even more of a nightmare if planning permission is granted and my worst fear is, that it will be very difficult for an ambulance or fire engine to get through, especially to the top of Harborough Road.

“We need a green space around here.

“There are newer green spaces in Oakpits Way, and other parts of Barington estate, some distance from our area, but our play area has been here for many, many years – lots of neighbours played there as children themselves.

“Why should we lose our area?”