Villagers speak out over ‘Bicesterisation’ fears

Banner Homes development on Banbury Lane, Kings Sutton
Banner Homes development on Banbury Lane, Kings Sutton
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King’s Sutton Parish Council and residents have raised concerns about the ‘creeping Bicesterisation’ of their village.

South Northants Council is consulting on its local plan until January 24 and the parish council wants to ensure residents’ views on developments in the village are included.

David Bridson, King’s Sutton parish councillor and member of the village plan steering group, said: “The majority of residents have made it very clear they are against the development of more executive housing on surrounding farmland and want to retain the rural character of their community.

“But many feel utterly powerless to do anything about the creeping ‘Bicesterisation’ of the village.”

Mr Bridson added the parish council had been told by SNC planners that its best defence was to contribute a ‘village plan and design statement’ to the district local plan that sets out where residents think new housing should go and what sort it should be.

The statement, called King’s Sutton, the Way Ahead, will need to be ready for submission by spring/summer next year.

Mr Bridson said: “It’s about being masters of our own destiny – we’re not at all opposing all developments but the final say should be with the local people.” The parish council has tasked its village plan steering group to examine every aspect of life in King’s Sutton, such as how the village can grow sustainably and retain and improve its heritage.

The steering group will form three working groups over the coming weeks to look at infrastructure, environment and design and housing, business, education and leisure facilities.

To take part telephone 01295 816905 or visit