Plan for 124 homes in Irchester sparks 500 objections

More than 500 objections have been raised against plans for 124 homes on the edge of a Northamptonshire village.

Barwood Strategic Land has applied to build on 12 acres of a green field site to the west of Irchester's High Street, in March.

Opponents to the development fear it will lead to an "urban sprawl" and the end of village life.

The plans are due to be considered in June by Wellingborough Council.

Chris Stenning, chairman of the Save Irchester Village action group, said the campaign was about more than Irchester.

"If we can't protect our village envelopes then, bit-by-bit, we will end up with an urban sprawl that will stretch from Earls Barton to Raunds and will take in all of our villages like Irchester, Irthlingborough and Stanwick," he said.

Campaigners fear that should the scheme go ahead it will pave the way for more of the 80 acre green field site to be developed.

"When you think about the housing development in Higham Ferrers, which goes right up to the A45, the new retail park proposed for Rushden, and the expansion plans for Raunds, these are big developments," Mr Stenning added.

However Sam Dorrian, of Barwood, defended the proposals and said there was a need for the new houses and that the scheme had been well designed.

He said support would be given to the village's infrastructure, with the inclusion of a sports fields and a new medical centre in the plans.

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