The “Save Weekley Hall Wood” Campaign Wins!

The “Save Weekley Hall Wood” Campaign Wins!

For many years the Save Weekley Hall Wood Campaign has battled to stop developers building warehousing on a beloved wood and wildflower meadow near Kettering. Literally thousands of people were opposed to the development – their petition attracting over 23,000 signatures. However, this was always going to be a David vs Goliath battle. The land is owned…

Fundraising Fashion Show & Shopping Event

Fundraising Fashion Show & Shopping Event

On Thursday 26th October the STAUNCH Fund-Raising Committee will be holding its next Fund-Raising event. We are holding a Fashion Show in the Clubroom. Doors open at 7pm for the start of the show at 7.30pm. It will be a fun night with lots of bargains to be had from High Street brands. Refreshments will…

STAUNCH Campaign on the BBC

STAUNCH Campaign on the BBC

Villagers Kevin Shapland and Sharon Cole appeared on the BBC on Wednesday to press home the STAUNCH Campaign’s ongoing opposition to the proposed warehouse developments on the edge of Titchmarsh. Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-66100710 Sharon Cole, secretary of STAUNCH, said Northamptonshire was becoming “the county of sheds” with the increase in warehousing. “My concerns are that they are…

Titchmarsh Open Garden Event

Titchmarsh Open Garden Event

The STAUNCH Fund-Raising Team are working hard putting together a calendar of events to help raise funds for the expected appeals for both Newlands and IM properties planning applications for warehouses between Titchmarsh and Thrapston. Our next big event is: Titchmarsh Open Gardens Titchmarsh, near Thrapston, NorthamptonshireSunday 18th June 2023        11.00am to 4.00p 10 gardens…

Titchmarsh Art Exhibition

Titchmarsh Art Exhibition

As I am sure you’ll be aware, Titchmarsh is full of some very talented people! This is particularly true when it comes to artists. We have loads of painters, illustrators, photographers and all sorts of other artisans. Later this month you’ll have a chance to view their work in a special Titchmarsh Art Exhibition. The…

Nature is under attack and needs your help

Nature is under attack and needs your help

The Government has launched an unprecedented attack on nature and we urgently need your help to stop it. Today nature urgently needs your help. The Government is threatening to tear up the laws that protect our best wildlife sites, offer up chunks of our countryside for unrestricted development and may scrap vital proposals that could help farmers…

Glebe Not Greed

Glebe Not Greed

Northamptonshire campaigners staged a protest outside Peterborough Cathedral on the evening of Tuesday 23rd August over the sale of glebe land (land owned by the church) between Thrapston and Titchmarsh. In 2020 the Diocese of Peterborough sold a ten year development option on the land which sits off the A605 adjacent to the Haldens Parkway…

STAUNCH Holding Plan Objections for Glebe Land

STAUNCH Holding Plan Objections for Glebe Land

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE CAMPAIGN GROUP STAUNCH’S FORMAL OBJECTIONS AND REASONS FOR REFUSAL IN RESPECT OF PLANNING APPLICATION NE/22/00698/OUT LAND ADJACENT TO HALDENS PARKWAY, THRAPSTON. THE SITE IS KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE GLEBE LAND (RECTORY FARM) AND IS OFF THE A605 TO THE EAST OF THRAPSTON WITHIN THE PARISH OF TITCHMARSH. This site is not…

Glebe Land Objections – Closing Date 1st July

Glebe Land Objections – Closing Date 1st July

The STAUNCH Campaign have posted their official objection to the Castle Manor Farm development project put forward by Newlands Properties earlier this year. The documents are listed below. These will give the community a crucial insight into which particular issues are of the greatest concern. As expected, a planning application for the Glebe Land site…

Better Together – Passing On The Baton To Protect The Nene Valley

Better Together – Passing On The Baton To Protect The Nene Valley

The Northamptonshire campaign group STAUNCH (Save Titchmarsh, Thrapston and Upper Nene Valley Countryside and Habitat) is delighted to announce that it has now partnered with the Nene Valley Association (NVA) to deliver our campaign against inappropriate, disproportionate, and unsustainable developments in the Upper Nene Valley. At the present time, there are plans under consideration by…

Glebe Land Update – Parish Meeting and Objections

Glebe Land Update – Parish Meeting and Objections

As I am sure you will be aware, IM Properties recently submitted their official hybrid planning application for the Glebe Land site. The project, now called “Thrapston Business Park”, will be devastating – not just for our local community but also for the environment and local wildlife. It has also just got a lot bigger….

Northants Telegraph Reports on Glebe Land Plans

Northants Telegraph Reports on Glebe Land Plans

Plans submitted for huge business park between Thrapston and Titchmarsh The site is on church-owned land Campaigners in an east Northants village are ready to oppose a planning application that has been submitted to North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) for a 120-acre business park near their homes. Planning permission is being sought for glebe land to…

Titchmarsh Boundary Walk

Titchmarsh Boundary Walk

For hundreds of years villages, the residents of our local area, including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and the Fens have been Beating the Bounds to map out the Parish Boundary limits of a village. This is a tradition that has mostly died out, but was re-instated in Titchmarsh 30 years ago. This year’s Boundary walk marks that…

STAUNCH Holding Plan Objections for Castle Manor Farm

STAUNCH Holding Plan Objections for Castle Manor Farm

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE CAMPAIGN GROUP STAUNCH’S FORMAL OBJECTIONS AND REASONS FOR REFUSAL IN RESPECT OF PLANNING APPLICATION NE/22/00151/FUL, HUNTINGDON ROAD, THRAPSTON. THE SITE IS KNOWN LOCALLY AS CASTLE MANOR FARM, OFF ISLINGTON LANE,THRAPSTON The context of our consideration of this application has been against the approved policy background of the approved Joint Core Strategy…

Please Support the Campaign

Please Support the Campaign

Support for the work of STAUNCH to date has been remarkable but if we are to continue to effectively challenge the decimation of our countryside, preserve the environmental integrity of the Upper Nene Valley and protect the community interests of its villages from inappropriate, unsustainable over commercialisation, we desperately need your help. To that end,…

Titchmarsh Parish Council Votes to Oppose Castle Manor Farm Development

Titchmarsh Parish Council Votes to Oppose Castle Manor Farm Development

Titchmarsh Parish Council has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed industrial development at Castle Manor Farm. At an extraordinary meeting of the council, held on Wednesday, March 2nd, several people spoke during public open time about the massive impact such a development would have. Around 60 villagers were in attendance to hear the discussion. They…

IM Properties Post Draft Masterplans for Glebe Land

IM Properties Post Draft Masterplans for Glebe Land

IM Properties, the developers behind the proposed Glebe Land development, have posted their draft masterplans for the site. They claim they have been developed to meet the needs of business and deliver on our commitment to sustainability, being sensitive to the local area, and providing benefits for the local community. The masterplan – which includes…

North Northamptonshire Council commits to carbon neutral 2030 goal

North Northamptonshire Council commits to carbon neutral 2030 goal

They’ve committed to the date just over six months after voting against a bid to do so North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 – just over six months after voting against a bid to do so. The Conservative-run authority has today (Monday) announced its target date for net zero emissions,…

STAUNCH Campaign Video

STAUNCH Campaign Video

A smart new video has been released highlighting the issues and effects of the proposed industrial developments on the edge of the village. The video features interviews with local farmer Roly Wood, STAUNCH secretary Sharon Cole and wildlife expert Kevin Jefferies. Each gives a compelling account of the impact on wildlife and the rural landscape…

Castle Manor Farm – Planning Application and Parish Council Meeting

Castle Manor Farm – Planning Application and Parish Council Meeting

Titchmarsh Parish Council have just been informed that a planning application [NE/22/00151/FUL] has been submitted for the area we refer to as the Castle Manor Farm site.   The closing date for comments is Monday 7th March 2022. An extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council has been called for Wednesday 2nd March 2022 at 6.30pm  in…

Kettering will grind to a halt without new A14 junction, MP warns

Kettering will grind to a halt without new A14 junction, MP warns

He’s urged the Government to ensure funding for it is incorporated into an all-important road strategy Kettering will simply grind to a halt unless funding for a new A14 junction is sorted out, the town’s MP has warned. The £40m junction 10A, between Barton Seagrave and Cranford, has been in the pipeline for years as…

Developers Withdraw Appeal Against Basingstoke Council

Developers Withdraw Appeal Against Basingstoke Council

Yesterday it was announced that Newlands, the developer of the 4 warehouse complex at Oakdown Farm have withdrawn their appeal. So for now no letter-writing by supporters is necessary. Thanks to those who may have written.  This does mean that the Oakdown Oaks are still safe. Background Approval was given on 7th April 2021 for…

Support from Tom Pursglove MP

Support from Tom Pursglove MP

Our local MP, Tom Pursglove has made a statement expressing his concern about proposals for a “significant commercial development …on open green fields”. Tom’s piece to camera can be viewed below. Tom adds: I have been receiving many emails from local residents relating to warehouse proposals near to Thrapston and Titchmarsh. I have been writing…

Funding of £237,504 to plant over 1000 trees in North Northamptonshire

Funding of £237,504 to plant over 1000 trees in North Northamptonshire

North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) will receive funding via the Local Authority Treescape Fund for the planting and upkeep of 1040 new trees across the local area up until 2025. NNC has been successful in securing a total of £237,504 of capital funding to be received between financial years 2021/22 through to 2024/25 and the grant…

DSV underpins plans for IM Properties’ logistics park in Northampton

DSV underpins plans for IM Properties’ logistics park in Northampton

A new flagship UK headquarters for global transport and logistics company DSV is underpinning plans for a 120-acre logistics and industrial scheme being proposed by developer IM Properties near Thrapston in Northamptonshire. The developer has notified the local community to its plans through a consultation document, which states that it is looking to develop the…

North Northamptonshire warehouse pressure groups join forces to fight rural developments

North Northamptonshire warehouse pressure groups join forces to fight rural developments

Residents of Titchmarsh and Thrapston are preparing for two major planning applications. An action group set up to fight the development of two proposed warehouses on land close to Thrapston will join forces with others across the area as a pressure group. STAUNCH (Save Titchmarsh and Upper Nene Countryside and Habitats) is a group formed…

The Corby Brexit worker squeeze: Lack of new European workers starting to take its toll

The Corby Brexit worker squeeze: Lack of new European workers starting to take its toll

For years, the town has welcomed thousands of European workers to fill warehouse roles – but that’s now changing Anyone passing through industrial areas of Corby recently can’t have failed to spot the glut of signs that have popped-up on fences offering work to those who need it. For more than a decade, the economy of Corby…

Proposed warehouse developments near Titchmarsh: let battle commence

Proposed warehouse developments near Titchmarsh: let battle commence

About 150 people, from Titchmarsh and beyond, came to an exhibition at St Mary’s Church last Thursday, November 18th, held by Newlands Developments, who propose to build up to 200,000 sq metres of warehouses on the 175-acre Castle Manor Farm site, a mile south of Titchmarsh on the north side of the A14. If planning…

Public Consultation Updates

Public Consultation Updates

There are now three confirmed public consultations being held in the immediate future regarding the development of both the Glebe Land and castle Manor Farm sites: Castle Manor Farm Thursday 18th November at Church of St Mary the Virgin, Titchmarsh – between 2:30 – 7:30pm Wednesday 24th November at St James Church Hall, Thrapston –…

Basingstoke warehouse consent U-turn after parish council challenge

Basingstoke warehouse consent U-turn after parish council challenge

Planning permission for a warehouse that promised nearly 1,400 jobs has been overturned after a parish council challenged the decision. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council approved the distribution centre, reportedly for Amazon, in April. However, the authority later said it had wrongly described the landscape impact on Dummer village. More than 100,000 people signed a petition to stop…