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Planning and Development (Northamptonshire)

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

The Humble Petition of residents of Higham Ferrers in the Wellingborough constituency and the surrounding area,

Sheweth

That major concern is expressed about proposed developments near to Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School and Higham Ferrers Junior School which will pose a risk to the children attending these schools. Increased traffic along the adjacent service road will pose a threat to children and parents, who use this road as a safe area for both the dropping off and picking up of children. In addition many children use this road during the day as an access route to and from the school especially to the sports facilities. Hundreds of children will be affected by the proposed developments.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to liaise with East Northamptonshire District Council and Northamptonshire County Council to ensure a safe environment for children using the schools.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.—[Presented by Mr. Peter Bone, Official Report, 16 December 2008; Vol. 485, c. 1071 .]

[P000302]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government received, 12 October 2009:

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government notes that a planning appeal has been submitted to him in respect of the above development. The appeal was received on 29 June 2009.

The petition has been brought to the attention of the Inspector, who visited the site on 22 September. The appeal will be determined during the course of the week beginning 28 September. A copy of the appeal decision will be sent to the hon. Member.