Residents in Cottingham and Middleton are celebrating after winning an important victory in a long battle against a proposal to build a housing estate in their villages.
Corby Council’s planning committee last month unanimously refused an outline planning application for 57 homes on an area of countryside that sits between the villages, with the Jurassic Way footpath along its southern edge and the Grade II*-listed Cottingham Hall to the north.
The refusal is the latest step in an eight-year battle to stop development on the site, after an initial application from the landowner in 2006, which was also rejected, and a revised application by Kiff & Troke last February.
Cottingham Parish Council chairman Owen Davison said: “The application has drawn massive opposition from villagers, as well as from agencies like English Heritage, the Wildlife Trust, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the Ramblers Association.
“Development here would be completely inappropriate.”
Middleton Parish Council chairman Sarah Brant said: “We had major concerns about the amount of traffic that could be generated by these 57 houses.”
And Pete Bowman, from Cottingham Community Action Group, added: “We are greatly encouraged by the support of Corby councillors – and our own local councillor, Bob Riley – who upheld their commitment to protect local villages from unsuitable and unsustainable development.”