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.
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/184576552437||Thursday 21 October||6.00-7.30pm|
|Online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/184602690617||Wednesday 27 October||6.00-7.30pm|
|Online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/184604425807||Monday 1 November||6.00-7.30pm|
|Wootton Community Centre||Tuesday 2 November||2.00-6.00pm|
|Daventry Leisure Centre, Saxon Suite||Thursday 4 November||1.00-5.30pm|
|Moulton Community Centre||Tuesday 9 November||1.00-5:30pm|
|Brackley Methodist Church||Wednesday 10 November||2.00-6.00pm|
|Towcester The Forum, Council Chamber||Thursday 11 November||2.00-6.00pm|