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Gladman elsewhere

A quick trawl on the internet shows that Potterspury is not alone – there are dozens of small towns and villages around the country facing unwanted developments from Gladman (and other developers).

The problem centres on the government’s requirement that local councils can demonstrate that they have a five-year land supply for new houses.  Many – including South Northants – assert that they have,  but they are being challenged in the courts by developers who see this as a loophole to build more houses in open country.

This is a selection, in no particular order,  of just a few articles from local newspapers around the country.

Weedon; also in Chron and Echo Kings Sutton
Stanwick Witchford
Steeple Claydon. Winslow
Charfield. Ripon
Sissinghurst Sittingbourne
Shepton Mallet Witney (the prime minister’s consituency)
Kirkbymoorside Nantwich



Heavy rain over Easter in 1998 affected a large swathe of the country (have a look at the Met Office report ). Potterspury suffered the worst floods for a decade and Geoff Lucas recorded them in these photos.

Copyright Geoff Lucas


In 2007 heavy rain again dampened the village (and the rest of the country according to the Met Office). Despite the construction of a balancing pond when the houses at Oak View were constructed in 2005, the brook burst its banks again.

Copyright Jane Roberts