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