Petition against housing development in Irchester grows

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against plans for a housing development on the edge of a Northamptonshire village.

Barwood Strategic Land applied to build 124 homes on 12 acres of an 80-acre green-field site to the west of Irchester's High Street in March.

Since then the Save Irchester Village group has campaigned against the scheme.

The petition is due to be presented to Wellingborough MP Peter Bone on Friday.

'Not sustainable'

Chris Stening, the group's chairman, said: "This petition shows the overwhelming opposition to this and similar proposals which extend our village boundary.

"This is not a sustainable development, has significant environmental impact and our local infrastructure cannot cope."

Jamie Gibbins, from Barwood, defended the development saying it was necessary for the area.

He said: "There is a massive housing supply shortfall - the housing need is desperate.

"This development would offer a doctors surgery and playing fields which are instant wins for the village, as well as contributions towards education and health."

The plans are set to be considered by Wellingborough Borough Council in July.

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