Borough Council of Wellingborough

Irchester housing development rejected by councillors

Published Thursday, 20 February 2014

An application for 149 new homes in Irchester has been rejected by Wellingborough Council’s planning committee.

Councillors refused the application, which had attracted more than 850 letters of objection, because they agreed it went against the village's work to produce a neighbourhood plan, it would harm the character of the village and increase traffic and congestion, and that local schools and sewage services wouldn't be able to cope.

The applicant, Barwood Strategic Land , had previously sought planning permission for 124 homes on part of the same site in August 2012, but the application was refused by the committee. The applicants lodged an appeal against the decision, which was dismissed by the planning inspector in June last year following a public inquiry.

Irchester villagers packed into the crowded council chamber for the meeting to show their opposition to the new application by Barwood. Seventeen people, mainly from local protest group Save Irchester Village, spoke out against the application.

The application was refused by nine votes to one.