King’s Sutton Parish Council plans to stop the ‘creeping Bicesterisation’ of the village by contributing to South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) local plan.
Coinciding with SNC’s consultation on its local plan, which runs until January 24, the parish council is being proactive to ensure residents’ views on developments in the village are incorporated into it.
David Bridson, King’s Sutton Parish councillor and member of the village plan steering group, said: “The majority of residents have made it very clear they are against the development of more executive housing on surrounding farmland and want to retain the rural character of their community. But many feel utterly powerless to do anything about the creeping ‘Bicesterisation’ of the village.”
Mr Bridson added the parish council has been told by SNC planners that its best defence is to participate in the district’s local plan initiative by contributing a ‘village plan and design statement’ that sets out where residents think new housing should go and what sort of housing it should be.
The village plan and design statement, entitled King’s Sutton, the Way Ahead, will need to be ready for submission by spring/summer next year.
Mr Bridson said: “It’s about being masters of our own destiny – we’re not at all opposing all developments but the final say should be with the local people.”
The parish council has also tasked its village plan steering group to examine every aspect of life in King’s Sutton, such as how the village can grow sustainably and how it can retain and improve its heritage. The steering group will form three working groups over the coming weeks to look at infrastructure, structure, environment and design and housing, business, education and leisure facilities. Those who would like to take part should get in touch on 01295 816905 or online at www.kingssutton.org