Brixworth homes plan: District councillor offers to resign
A councillor in Northamptonshire has offered to resign over the controversial decision to allow 150 houses to be built in her village.
The houses are to be built by Barratt on the edge of Brixworth near Daventry.
Councillor Liz Wiig who is on the planning committee, said the feelings of villagers had been ignored.
But council leader Chris Millar said he would not accept the resignation and is intending to write to Mrs Wiig in the hope of changing her mind.
The plans were approved on Wednesday night by Conservative-run Daventry District Council despite strong opposition.'Lost facilities'
Mrs Wiig, who was not able to attend the meeting because of a family illness, said she was disappointed.
She added: "The leader said he would write to me but it is going to take a lot to change my mind.
"The school is up to capacity and the doctor's surgery have said that they can't cope with any more patients.
"We have lost facilities over the years rather than gained and all of these points were ignored at the meeting," she said.
Mr Millar said: "I have decided to refuse Mrs Wiiig's resignation but I will give her a few months to decide instead.
"I know Mrs Wiig is very passionate about representing Brixworth so I would prefer if the decision is made after some time has passed."
Only 10 of the 15 councillors in the planning committee were able to attend the meeting on Wednesday. The plans were approved by five votes to four.
Mr Millar who spoke against the plans said the decision was not ideal for Brixworth.
He added: "I strongly opposed the decision but I'm afraid that's the nature of planning.
"We now have to make sure that the developers come through with the promises that they have made and provide extra parking."
Managing director at Barratt Northampton, Andrew Swindell, said: "We will be financially contributing towards local education facilities, public transport needs and local health and fire services."
The building work is expected to start in 2013 and take three years to complete.