- Published on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:32
- Written by Stanwick VRG
Well, we think it's fair to say that the community of Stanwick has stood firm and voiced its joint concern loud and clear against the proposal from Gladman to build 230 houses on the field North West Street!
The recent decision by our Parish Council reinforced our voices and it is a satisfying outcome for the members and collaborators within SVRG that our representatives within the PC have echoed our feelings. They have investigated in great depth what the implications would be if such a development were to go ahead. Their evidence is powerful.
Scale of Response
You may know that there are approximately 730 homes in our village and that SVRG recently hand delivered objection letters to each and every letterbox.
We would like to express our gratitude to those who delivered the objection packs, collected them on our behalf and then delivered them on to the council. Your efforts have not gone unrecognised.
You can imagine how delighted we are that we received just over 800 signed objection letters which have all been handed in to the District Council.
In total, as we write this update, we can see 848 public comments have been added to the planning and applications section of the district council website. Click the link to get an update!
This is an outstanding number for such a short time and we would like to thank everyone in Stanwick for their contribution to help protect our environment.
The deadline for objections is still three days away however. So, if you have not yet replied and wish to make an objection, or if you know a neighbour who has voiced concerns, why not have a chat and see if they have filled in their objection letter and ask them to pass it across at the village shop for collection. There are still a few packs left in the shop if you need more. The deadline, just to reiterate, is the 29th of November 2014.
In the Local Press
To help express our concerns further, we were able to talk with reporters from Northants Telegraph who were kind enough to chat with representatives from SVRG. Today (24/11/14) you will see an item on the NT website about our opposition. Click this link to read the full story - it's excellent publicity for our cause!
To date, you may be interested to know, there are only two consultation groups who have no objection to the proposals. These are the Environmental Protection Office within East Northamptonshire Council and the Northamptonshire Police. That said, both of these have voiced different concerns and have asked for further involvement in any planning which may go forward from this point. They both wish to ensure that their views are taken into consideration.
Are we alone?
Not a bit! There are many similar development proposals at various stages across the UK. It would seem, from reading between the lines, that many of the developers or their agents are taking advantage of the fact that local councils do not have a robust 'five-year housing plan'.
Councils who fail to show such a plan give developers an easy means to expose all sorts of weaknesses in the council's ability to object. We believe, and others within the council also feel strongly that a robust five-year plan can be shown for our area.
This does not mean that no development will ever take place, it simply means that if we succeed in our battle on this occasion then the developers will have to come back again in the future for another bite at the cherry. By that time, we will be stronger and be better prepared to fight again.
Once the deadline of 29 Novermer is past, the next steps will be:
- To hold fire until early January (7th to be accurate) when the planning committee will be meeting to consider how they to respond to the proposal when they have taken into consideration all of the objections and other contributing factors from the various interested parties.
- To NOT rest on our laurels but to proactively protect ourselves by supporting our local parish councillors and other representatives.
- To identify other developments and to find out what they did to succeed in fighting aggressive land ownership or understand if they failed what we must do to avoid a similar fate.
- We should help influence decisions to devise sustainable and realistic plans which take into consideration the needs of the village while ensuring that those plans fulfil the realistic needs of housing, yet in sensible locations.
Easy? No, but no-one ever said it would be.
So, we may write again with another update in the coming weeks but, for now, let's see how things progress until January 7 2015!