Towcester news: Villagers fight overdevelopment

DESPITE one major defeat villagers fighting proposals for nearly 50 new homes in Greens Norton hope the plans could still be thrown out.

In April 2010 developers Stamford Homes were given outline permission by South Northants Council to build the homes off Mill Lane despite strong local opposition.

Hundreds of people wrote to SNC objecting, fearing extra cars would add to an already dangerous rat run. The site is also outside the village boundary and many felt it represented an over development of a rural area.

The approval was subject to the condition that Stamford were able to get the Highways Agency to grant permission for 35m of double yellow lines at the entrance to the development. However Northants County Council’s Highways Authority received a large number of letters objecting to the double yellow lines and decided 35m was too excessive in a rural location and would only issue a traffic regulation permitting 15m of yellow lines.

Stamford have now applied to SNC to change the condition on the outline approval making it possible for them to proceed with 15m of double yellow lines.

That decision is due to be taken by SNC planning committee on Thursday, February 17 and has been recommended for approval by SNC’s planning officers.

Calvert Close resident Lisa Cavanagh is one of more than 400 village residents who have written letters of objection. She said: “Quiet simply if the planning committee refuse the amendment to the legal agreement the developer has to submit a whole new application, which is what they want to avoid. There is always a good chance that they won’t get it through a second time in light of a new government, opposition to some of the clauses in the Interim Rural Housing Policy, and possibility of a second application in the village. We still have hope that we can win the battle if we can lobby enough objections to this final application.”

Mike Walker, land director for Stamford Homes said road safety is of huge concern to the company and eagerly awaits SNC’s decision.

He added: “With regards to the size of the development, the number of new homes was agreed by SNC at the outline planning permission stage, with 49 deemed appropriate by the planning authority. Greens Norton is a beautiful village and our new homes will be designed to complement the existing area.”