Residents battle to stop Raunds housing plans

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Protesters fighting plans for hundreds of homes in their town are urging residents to act.

Members of the Darsdale Farm Action Group (DFAG) are concerned about Taylor Wimpey's plans to build 460 homes on land off Chelveston Road, Raunds.

They have written more than 1,000 letters of objection to East Northamptonshire Council, but want more people to make their views known before the consultation ends on April 31.

The action group was formed in 2007 after Taylor Woodrow, now Taylor Wimpey, applied to develop the site.

According to the group, the plans are contrary to the Raunds Area Plan Local Development Document, which was passed a few months before.

They are upset that the development will be on a greenfield site and claim the homes will be out of character with existing houses. They also fear the effect on road safety and wildlife.

DFAG member Brian Hildreth said: "It was strongly felt that the increased traffic problems, the impact on our existing road, drainage and sewerage infrastructure, increased congestion in Raunds, Stanwick and Chelveston, not to mention the impact on our medical, educational and other services, would not benefit the local community."

Amendments to the plan were submitted in January.

Campaigners say additional housing and a proposed new roundabout adjacent to the Darsdale Home for the Blind would mean increased traffic.

Strategic projects manager for Taylor Wimpey Carrick Casson-Crook said: "This will be a high quality development on the best site available to meet Raunds' housing needs."

To find out more about Taylor Wimpey's proposals call 0800 180 4424.

To find out more about DFAG call Bernie Birkett on 01933 623920, Brian Hildreth on 01933 625276 or Martin Palmer on 01933 636963.