Potential Major Housing Development between East Farndon & Market Harborough

Important News from the East Farndon Parish Council

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) have recently published a new document known as a Spatial Options Consultation. This contains details of two potential major housing developments on land between East Farndon and Market Harborough.

The Parish Council is concerned about this and will be discussing the details further at our meeting on Nov 9th. We will be creating a formal response in time for the WNC deadline of Dec 6th 2021. We want to ensure that all Village residents are aware of these potential developments and encourage them to communicate with the Parish Council and provide individual feedback directly into the WNC consultation process.

For ease of reference, the proposals are summarised below. The full WNC document can be found at, https://westnorthantsplan.inconsult.uk/WNSPOptions/consultation 

An extract from the WNC consultation document, page 33, is repeated below, together with a map taken from Appendix 3, identifying the land areas being considered for development.

“An area of land situated to the South of Market Harborough has been promoted previously through the call for sites process with a potential capacity of approximately 2,000 dwellings. Whilst the site is well-related to Market Harborough and would enable access for sustainable travel modes it does feature some notable constraints, part of the area is identified as special landscape area and it is relatively close to nearby scheduled monuments. Further historic assets exist in East Farndon and any development would need to protect against coalescence.

Given the relationship of the area with Market Harborough, it is acknowledged that development in this location could help to meet the housing needs of Harborough District. As part of fulfilling requirements related to the duty to cooperate, discussions have taken place with officers at Harborough District Council and at present, given they are in the formative stages of updating their local plan it is not possible to establish at this time whether there is a need for land in this area to come forward. However, mindful that the WNSP covers the period to 2050 it felt appropriate to acknowledge the long-term development potential in this area and the need to maintain constructive dialogue with Harborough District Council moving forward.

Ref 64 (see map below). Up to 2,170 homes on the right-hand side of the road between East Farndon to Market Harborough. This has been recommended to proceed to more detailed assessment with the site available before 2025.

Ref 136 (see map below). Up to 1,050 homes on the left-hand side of the road between East Farndon to Market Harborough. This has not been recommended to proceed to more detailed assessment.

Map from Consultation Document Showing Areas 64 and 136

There are a number of online and in person events that WNC have organised where the details of the consultation will be discussed and questions can be asked. You can find details of these sessions below.

Online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/184576552437Thursday 21 October6.00-7.30pm
Online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/184602690617Wednesday 27 October6.00-7.30pm
Online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/184604425807Monday 1 November6.00-7.30pm
Wootton Community CentreTuesday 2 November2.00-6.00pm
Daventry Leisure Centre, Saxon SuiteThursday 4 November1.00-5.30pm
Moulton Community CentreTuesday 9 November1.00-5:30pm
Brackley Methodist ChurchWednesday 10 November2.00-6.00pm
Towcester The Forum, Council Chamber Thursday 11 November2.00-6.00pm

Weekly Foodbank Collection…thanks & please keep donating

Since early January, the Parish Council have been organising weekly collections from the Village for the Jubilee Foodbank in Market Harborough.

As we have had such a great response from residents, we have decided to keep this going for as long as we can. Hopefully, this important initiative will become something we can continue to do as a Village, well into the future.

Our process has matured nicely and food drop-off points will continue to be either 4 Rectory Court or Mill House, Main Street (just above the war memorial on the opposite side). You will find a box on the porch outside each house where you can deposit your food donations.

If you would like to donate but are unable to drop off at either points then please email Paul Hodgetts or Mervyn Curtis and we will arrange to collect.

Every week, the Jubilee Foodbank will pick up from us early on a Tuesday morning. They are very specific about the type of food they will accept and so please visit their website to see the latest wanted list. Click on Shopping List – Jubilee Foodbank Market Harborough.

We will continue to keep everyone up to date with progress via this Website and the village Facebook page.

You can view all of our collections to date by clicking the link below:


Many Thanks to Alan Langley for his latest talk – £135 raised for Marriott Green

Alan was back in the Village Hall on Friday October 1st 2021 to deliver another one of his legendary historical talks, this latest one titled, “Helping the Poor and Mending the Roads”.

The talk was well attended and many thanks to Alan for his efforts that raised £135 for Marriott Green maintenance.

Alan’s talk focused on how village affairs were run in the early 18th century. It was based on the accounts of the Overseers of the Poor and the Overseers of the Highways, in the Northamptonshire Record Office.

In these times, pensions, unemployment pay or welfare benefits didn’t exist, unless the village itself could organise them. Also, there wasn’t a County Council to help and the village had responsibility for its own affairs.

A few of the village employment opportunities mentioned in Alan’s talk are illustrated below.

Road Gang
Child Bird Scarer

Covid-19 – Please Spread the Word, Not the Virus

Northamptonshire Public Health has asked us to circulate the following message.

Cases of Covid are rising across the county, by getting both jabs you reduce the chance of being hospitalised by over 92%.

This NHS video features young Covid patients talking about their experiences of suffering from serious Covid-19 and developing Long Covid, and the experience of Doctors and frontline staff treating them:

https://youtu.be/XEwwcIs6aH4.  “In hindsight I wish I had taken the jab when I was initially offered it. I now understand that it would have likely reduced my chances of ending up in hospital or given me a stronger chance of fighting it off.  I would take that in a heartbeat” – Quincy, 31.

Book an appointment or attend a drop-in centre if you have not had your vaccine yet. You can book a vaccination at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

or find a walk-in centre at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site.

Covid-19 – Latest UK Government Advice

The Government moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on July 19th 2021. This removed many legal restrictions in England in relation to Covid-19, but guidance is still ongoing.

It seems that a few areas are still subject to change and therefore this website will now be limited to pointing you to useful links (see below) in relation to the UK Government and the West Northants Council websites.



Bench Under the Beech Tree

East Farndon Parish Council – Grass Cutting Contract 2022/23 – Invitation for Quotation

East Farndon Parish Council (“the Council”) hereby invites quotes for the carrying out of the service of grass cutting as follows:

  1. Prospective Contractors should provide quotations on the following basis:
  • The mowing of the Churchyard and Burial Ground at St John the Baptist Church, East Farndon, to include strimming around all headstones, flower beds and boundaries.
  • The mowing of the village green (the small triangle of land opposite the entrance to the Church).
  • The Contractor will be responsible for collecting grass cuttings and disposing of them.

2.  Frequency of work

  • At least 2 cuts per month commencing in the March and finishing towards the end of October.
  • Additional cuts may be necessary, depending on the length of the grass (weather dependent)
  • In the event that the works are not carried out within 7 days of the agreed cutting dates (weather and ground conditions permitting), then the Council will consider that there has been a breach of Contract, for which the Council may seek remedy.
  • No cutting of grass should take place on a Sunday, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday.

3.  Workmanship and Equipment

  • The workmanship must be of an acceptable standard, which will be verified by a Council member on the first cut of the season. The Contractor is responsible for providing all relevant equipment and maintaining it to a good, safe and legal standard in order to carry out the works.

4. Insurance

  • The Contractor is required to have professional insurance and Public Liability insurance. The Contractor shall indemnify the Council against any claim or proceedings for any injury or damage to any property or persons or animals, as a result of negligence, poor workmanship or failure to notify the Council of any action likely to cause injury or damage to a third party.

5. Health and Safety

  • The Contractor shall accept full responsibility for compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1999 and all other Acts and Regulations in respect of the work comprised in this Contract.

6. Duration of Contract

  • The duration of the Contract will be one year from the date of this Contract. There will be no opportunity to alter the rates tendered during the year. At the conclusion of the one year, the Contract may be renewed provided that the parties to the Contract are in agreement with any amended terms.

7. Termination of Contract

  • Either party may, without reason, terminate the Contract in writing, giving two months notice.

8. Pricing

  • The prices submitted should specify a price exclusive of VAT, any VAT applicable and the total.

9. Obligations

  • Prospective Contractors should ensure that they are completely familiar with the nature and extent of the obligation to be accepted by them, if their quotation is accepted.

10. Decision Making

  • Prospective Contractors should note that the Council is not bound to accept the lowest quotation and that the Council’s decision is final.

11. Queries

  • Any queries should be addressed to the Parish Clerk. Quotations need to be received by 31st October 2021 by the Parish Clerk, Ivy House, Main Street, East Farndon Market Harborough LE16 9SH (parishclerk.eastfarndon@gmail.com).

A pdf version of this Invitation for Quotation can be accessed by clicking the link below.

East Farndon Defibrillator – where to find it & instruction video

East Farndon has a Defibrillator that is located on the wall outside the Village Hall.

Our unit is a portable, Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that is especially designed for people with little or no medical background.

In the event of an emergency, always call 999 and follow the instructions from your local ambulance service. If you need to access the Defibrillator, simply pull the red plastic tag to break it off, then rotate the cabinet housing to the left.

The Village Hall is located on Main Street, pretty much in the middle of the Village, at postcode LE16 9SH or what3words location ///spaces.amending.cheesy

If coming down the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your right, approx 100 yards past the War Memorial / Back Lane turning. If coming up the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your left, but if you get to the War Memorial / Back Lane turning, then you have gone too far.

Our Village Defibrillator is checked regularly by members of the Parish Council and it is supported by the Community Heartbeat Trust. You can find lots of information about this important lifesaving equipment by visiting their website at: www.communityheartbeat.org.uk

A Defibrillator is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur. An AED is a portable Defibrillator especially designed for people with little or no medical background. 

When applied to the victim, voice commands, and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support the emergency services, who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim. It is argued that AEDs should be as broadly deployed as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

By clicking the link below, you can view a video that provides guidance of how to use an AED and demonstrates how to deliver CPR.


Sir Paul Greening – Interesting Biography written by Alan Langley & Lady Sara Grayson

Read the latest Village History article written by Alan Langley and Lady Sara Grayson, which is a really interesting biography about Sir Paul Greening. The connection with East Farndon is that Sir Paul lived with his grandmother Rosa and other relatives in Farndon Hall during the Second World War, and he married a Farndon girl, Monica West, in 1951. He had an illustrious naval career and became commander of the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981.

You can access the article directly by clicking the following link,


or you can navigate to the article via our excellent Village History pages by clicking this link,


1981 – Sir Paul Greening with Charles & Diana