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Mother and daughter to be turfed out of home if housing plans go ahead

Catherine Thompson 22nd Aug, 2017 Updated: 3rd Jul, 2018

A MOTHER and daughter could be forced out of their home to make way for new houses in Harbury.

Developers Spitfire Bespoke Homes have applied to build ten houses on a paddock at the heart of the village – branded an area of importance by the Harbury Neighbourhood Development Plan.

To gain access to the site – which is surrounded by other properties including some which are grade II listed – one residency would need to be demolished.

A mother and her daughter are year-long occupants of the property and have branded the move unfair. The mum has also voiced concerns about potential demolition as she claims there are bats living in the roof.

She said: “I completely object to this plan. We do not want to move out of this house. This is our home and we are happy here. I have set up my business in this house also. It is a lovely house and too good to be flattened.

“My daughter is extremely happy here, as am I. My daughter’s school is close by and to move would completely upset the balance.”

Resident Lynne Barton said: “The dwellings are unwanted and unneeded and seemingly pursued for private profit without regard to the character of the village, the quality of life of its residents and future generations of the community. We want Harbury to remain as a village and not develop by stealth into a small town.”

The parish council also objected to the additional properties which fall in excess of the Stratford District Council housing quota.

Those whose homes will remain standing object to an invasion of privacy and the development on the conservation area which is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Others fear that the narrow country lanes would not accommodate trucks carrying building materials and more homes would add to congestion in the area.

The developers’ report says: “The proposals are envisaged as natural extension to the existing development surrounding the site and established principles and local character have been replicated.”

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