Thumbs up to plan for 350 new homes

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A GROUP of residents living in a quiet corner of Brackley have been delivered a second blow by planners after the principle of a 350 home development was approved.

On Thursday, February 23, members of South Northants Council’s development control committee approved an outline residential planning application for the homes on land to the south of Turweston Road. The green light comes after last April’s decision by SNC to approve plans for a light industrial estate to the north of Turweston Road.

Residents whose homes currently face out onto open farmland, and back out onto grassland now fear they will eventually be living along a rat run.

Resident Morris Vernon said: “We’re going to be hammered, an industrial estate on one side and a house estate on the other. But what can we do? There’s only six homeowners along here.”

After the meeting committee member Blake Stimpson said he was opposed to plan but voted in favour to ensure the best possible outcome for the town.

He said: “The Government has given us targets, and if we have to have them lets make sure they are done well and to the benefit of the rest of the town.”

Committee member John Townsend said there had been extensive discussions between the landowner’s agent and planning officers and added: “I think we might get some good quality design there and I think it is the right place for Brackley to expand.”