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'WHAT IS THE THREAT TO KISLINGBURY FROM DEVELOPMENT?'


In the summer, the councils in the western part of the Northamptonshire published the consultation draft of a new plan for building development in the area up to the year 2026.

 

A total of 62,000 houses are planned for "west Northamptonshire", together with major employment areas, roads etc. A large part of the housing is planned to be built in new extensions on the edge of Northampton e.g. Duston/Harpole, Moulton, Great and Little Houghton, Wootton, Collingtree.

 

Kislingbury is precariously close to the extension at Upton and Pineham, although these were planned in the 1990s. We need to work hard to keep the countryside buffer between us and Northampton.


The biggest threat to Kislingbury in this new plan is the zoning of land on the Kislingbury/Harpole side of M1 Junction 16, as near as the old Harpole Mill, to build a warehouse development, the size of Brackmills in Northampton.

 

This land is open countryside and it is a cynical move by developers and land owners to turn farm land into a profit bonanza, increasing its value 100 times. This is the worst kind of 'planning' and would be a disaster for Kislingbury in terms of lorry movements, noise, loss of countryside and visual outlook. The next step would be to fill the gaps between this development and Northampton, swamping Kislingbury and Harpole.

 

'THAT’S ALL VERY WELL BUT WON’T THEY GO AHEAD ANYWAY? THAT’S WHAT THEY USUALLY DO. WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN KISLINGBURY MAKE?'


The new plan probably won’t be approved as quickly as planned because of the strength of local opposition. The popular opposition, together with many technical concerns, has caused South Northants Council to oppose the plan, despite being part of the joint group that produced it.


The plan may be stalled by next year’s general election and a potential change of government.


The recession means that it is not a good time to be building new warehouses that will stay empty.


The main reason that Kislingbury should get involved is to oppose a bad scheme that has many planning weaknesses, which we can point out and pursue relentlessly:-


A] should not build isolated development in open countryside
B] challenge the evidence that the space is needed when there is so much existing employment land lying vacant in and around Northampton
C] challenge the sustainability of the scheme, where everyone has to drive to work.
D] the effect of traffic on J16 would be horrendous
E] water supply is known to be difficult at this location

 

In short, this proposal is "well dodgy" and it is beatable by Kislingbury people and others working together.

 

'HOW CAN I HELP TO KEEP KISLINGBURY INTACT AS A VILLAGE?'


Come to the meeting of Kislingbury Action Group and volunteer to join-you should have had an invitation through your door recently.
Kislingbury Village Hall, Ashby Road - Tuesday 27th October at 7.30pm


OR Keep tabs on the website and blog, text or email the group [Details will be published here shortly].

 

MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL - DON'T GIVE UP

 

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