Warth Park Planning APPROVED

Last night saw the final approval meeting with the East Northamptonshire District and local councillors making their votes on whether the Raunds, Warth Park extension should get planning approval.

Despite a huge amount of support from local residents and local councillors the decision, which may surprise many people, was that the development should go ahead.

The voting resulted with 11 in favour and 6 against.

Councillor Philip Stearn who chaired last nights meeting spoke to the BBC this morning to help justify the decision.

He told the BBC that there will definitely be benefits to the town: “The People that will go into Raunds to have lunch, the caretakers. the gardeners, the painters, the decorators, the business’ in Raunds that might be better for it. But it’s difficult to quantify what precisely that will be. But there must be quite a lot of benefit in the growth. Particularly as this development has lots of office space and has their research and development being there. It will not be just a shed as such. It will be jobs. Genuine jobs”

When asked by the BBC, ‘What Swung it?” he replied to say that there isn’t anything officially, in planning terms which was strong enough to turn it down.  In pure planning terms they don’t have the ability to say no.  And if they do get to an appeal and an inspector, last time in Raunds it cost 150 grand and he didn’t want to go through that process again.

Those local residents who went along to the meeting have shown outcry and believe that a large part of the justification was due to being scared of Howden /Roxhill corporate lawyers and not wanting to face the potential costs of losing an appeal.

Cllr Stearn has said this was ‘Democracy at work’. ‘The members on the floor applied their own local knowledge’. ‘Arguments are good’

When asked by the BBC, ‘Why is it good for Raunds?’, Cllr Stearn replied with: “Any development is going to be good”.

Dawn Fraser commented on the Stop Warth Park Facebook page: Very sad that this gets passed yet the Drs surgery request for an extension gets turned down, of which has to stretch itself to serve all the new houses too? doesn’t make sense any more”

Stuart James comments: “The way that the Roxhill / Howden delegation were patting each other on the back in the car park will stay with me for a long time. I find it a personal insult to not just me, but my children who will have to live with the noise, traffic, pollution and sight of these tin sheds. ENC should be ashamed of their actions.”

Those Councillor’s who voted FOR the development are as follows (respective District Council Wards in brackets):-

Peter Wathen (Raunds),
Andy Mercer (Rushden),
Gill Mercer (Rushden),
Phil Stearn (the Chairman, Oundle),
Ron Pinnock (Rushden),
Roger Glitheroe (Kings Forest),
Pam Whiting (Higham Ferrers),
Barbara Jenney (Rushden),
Anna Sauntson (Higham Ferrers),
Alex Smith (Thrapston) and
Robin Underwood (Rushden).
In addition, Cllr Glenville Greenwood Smith (Raunds) chose to officially speak in support of the development.

Those who voted / spoke AGAINST the development are:

Helen Howell (Stanwick)
Lance Jones (Raunds)
Dudley Hughes (Woodford)
Helen Harrison (Fineshade)
Marika Hillson (Irthlingborough)
Geoff Shacklock (Barnwell)
Plus speakers:-
Cllr Sylvia Hughes
Anne Dagen (WPOG)
June Longhurst
David Prangley (WPOG)
Cllr Dave Munday (Stanwick Parish Council)
The entire Raunds Town Council
Geoff Dyne
Lyn Mura
Members of Warth Park Opposition Group
And over 500 others!

How do you feel about this decision? Is Raunds just becoming one giant industrial estate? – let us know in the comments below.


43 thoughts on “Warth Park Planning APPROVED

  • 30th March 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I was at the meeting last night and from the moment the Howden representative spoke it was obvious that the council had already agreed. In his speech he had advised us all that a relocating employee had already purchased a house in Raunds.
    This just wouldn’t have happened if Howdens thought the planning application could be refused!
    I am very dismayed that 97% of Raunds has been completely ignore let alone the fact that Stanwick had no say whatsoever.
    What a waste of our time.
    I for one will not be voting any of these councillors again!
    Time to move I think 🙁

  • Mark Simpson
    30th March 2017 at 3:56 pm

    In other words the town doesn’t want it but if they said no the council doesn’t want to pay court costs if they lost the appeal! Money ALWAYS talks louder than the people or the environment.
    I had to comfort my mum who was crying after because she’s seeing the town she (an my grandparents) love so much turning into an industrial estate. She told me this morning she now wants to move.

    • Marie Knight
      30th March 2017 at 6:06 pm

      I feel the same so totally understand her reaction. It’s appalling what they are allowing to happen to Raunds and so quickly!! 🙁

    • Mark Simpson
      30th March 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Only one of them that voted for it lives in Raunds! I bet he’s at the other side of town too. They don’t give a sh!t because it’s not as if it’s on their doorstep. The whole thing smells fishy to me!

    • Marie Knight
      30th March 2017 at 6:35 pm

      I think unfortunately everything seems a done deal no matter what people want, feel or need. No voice it appears anymore 🙁

    • Leza Paul
      30th March 2017 at 8:44 pm

      This is exactly what happened to Darcie Park. Local people were called upon to protest about it but it was a done deal from the off. Money talks and someone will no doubt be a lot reacher for it and to hell with the locals…

  • Jakeyy Sallaway-Costello
    30th March 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Wonderful news! Turning Raunds into a ghost town purely so the selfish few can have an unobstructed view of the dual carriageway was never really the way forward…!

  • Sarah Triolaire
    30th March 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The members on the floor admitted they had little local knowledge of the site and in one case didn’y know where it was until a few days ago, how can that be an informed decision

  • Shell Spenc Riches
    30th March 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Bloody disgusting it’s a bloody small town well use to be if you want to live in a concrete jungle you should move it’s a sad day money talks as usual

  • 30th March 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Would like to say to people thinking of protesting about the distribution center plans on brick kiln road EN/17/00266/ful)is don’t waste your time or energy because even if raunds Town council object,when it goes to the ENC they will pass it,because they will be scared to death that the company building these tin sheds will appeal and it MAY cost the council money ,so People of raunds ,stanwick ,I salute you for trying to stop wharf park,but we have a council that has no back bone to stand up for what the people really want .SURLEY RAUNDS Council should have the last say on what raunds want and not the blinkered people on east northants council that some of them addmited they didn’t even visit the site.Big thanks to raunds town council for trying but if you don’t have the last say what’s the point

  • Chopper Watts
    30th March 2017 at 9:59 pm

    These issues are always a foregone conclusion before the public gets their say !? Plans in place , money has changed hands , contracts signed , and to hell with OUR views , countryside , wildlife , environment , or the community feeling of wellbeing,peace and tranquillity??????

    • Dawn Fraser
      30th March 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Omg it is me. Would have been nice of them to ask me first if i would have minded lol.

  • Nick Dean
    31st March 2017 at 12:17 am

    It’s all about the hundreds and thousands of pounds Endc take in business rates for the tin sheds for doing naff all!

  • Chopper Watts
    31st March 2017 at 12:50 am

    I wonder , is it possible to take the council to court for destroying the countryside??? Or destroying the environment???

  • Sheila Anne
    31st March 2017 at 7:33 am

    So the small village I moved to 9 years ago is slowly becoming a town. ☹

  • 2nd April 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Reading Philip sterns comments to the bbc I’m outraged. He must be the only person along with the other 10 councilors who passed this application unable to see there will be no benifit to Raunds town or its residents from this extension to warth park. If he thinks that all the builders and painters and workmen will spend there money in the town he couldn’t be further from the truth. The only company’s who will benifit from this will be the big corporate company’s Asda BP McDonald’s not to mention Howden Roxhill ans of course ENC.
    An appeal has to be submitted for this unjustified decision.

  • 3rd April 2017 at 10:18 pm

    councillor Peter Wathen lives in Raunds and voted for this proposal to go ahead after a large stuffed brown envelope was pushed his way. Now local elections are on Thursday the 4th May 2017 and this idiot wants to be re-elected. Come on all lets get him out.


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