Villagers opposing 100 new houses

More than 1,600 people have signed a petition opposing plans to build 100 homes in a village.

Irchester resident Tony Skipper has set up the Save Our Countryside campaign group and has collected hundreds of signatures.

He and several others will be attending Wellingborough Council's development committee meeting on Tuesday to voice their concerns.

The council is looking at three possible areas to build about 100 homes – a site off Wollaston Road to the east, behind Woodlands Road or to the east of Farndish Road, behind Arkwright Road.

Mr Skipper said that since proposals were first put forward to build 100 homes in Irchester several years ago, the village has seen a substantial number built on an ad-hoc basis.

Mr Skipper, of Woodlands Road, said he has handed the petition to Wellingborough MP Peter Bone.

He said: "The majority of villagers are opposed to the proposals.

"We're not against development.

"We have had quite a high proportion of new homes which has been integrated into the village because they have been in different locations.

"They expect us to take another 100 and that's a position too far. If we do have to have them, there are brownfield sites in Irchester for development."

Parish and borough councillor Tim Maguire, who represents Irchester, said he will speak in opposition to the proposals, which are due to be sent out for public consultation if councillors give the go-ahead on Tuesday.

He said: "I think there are alternative sites which would have less impact on the village."

Steven Wood, the council's head of built environment, said: "This is the first stage of an anticipated two year process.

"The consultation process takes six weeks, during which time we invite interested parties to express their views. We pride ourselves on listening to members of the public and where possible we amend plans to benefit the majority."