Judge to have say on homes plan

The Andrea Leadsom MP Summer Roadshow in Kings Sutton with Cllr Ronnie Irving.'130724M-D829
The Andrea Leadsom MP Summer Roadshow in Kings Sutton with Cllr Ronnie Irving.'130724M-D829
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Residents of King’s Sutton are backing a judicial review into proposals for 35 homes in their village.

People in the village have opposed the development north of Hampton Drive since the outset, and surveys showed the overwhelming majority of residents are against it.

In January this year South Northants Council refused Barwood Homes planning permission for the development on the grounds it was not in-line with their policy of concentrating housing growth in Brackley and Towcester and that it would not be in keeping with the rest of the village.

Barwood appealed that decision and in July a planning inspector overturned SNC’s decision on the grounds that on balance the need for housing outweighed the impact on the village.

Then last month SNC filedpapers with the appeal courts calling for the inspector’s decision to be reviewed.

SNC claim the inspector did not give proper weight to their development plan for the district, miscalculated the number of homes in the planning pipeline, and wrongly took into account the housing figures and approach enshrined in the now revoked Regional Spatial Strategy.

South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom visited King’s Sutton to hear residents views on the development.

She said: “I am pleased that SNC is appealing the decision and hopeful that the appeal will be successful.

“If the Localism agenda is to mean something to our communities, the thoughts and feelings of local residents must hold sway.”