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Families fight to save land for school they say they were promised

Middlemoor residents now want to open a free school on the land Photo: ITV Central

Families living on a new housing development in Northamptonshire are fighting plans to build homes on a site they say was saved for a new school.

Middlemoor residents now want to open a free school on the land, but Daventry District Council want to build residential properties there to generate income.

The residents are opposed to plans by the local council to build 45 homes on the land, after it was decided a school was no longer needed.

Daventry's Middlemoor estate already has a strong sense of community, residents hoped that would only get stronger when a school, promised as part of the original plans, was finally built, but that is yet to happen.

The parcel of land set aside, is now the subject of a planning application for 45 new homes.

Karen Tweedale, Middlemore Residents Association Credit: ITV Central

"All that we ask for is what Daventry District Council promised us when we originally bought the houses and that is to have educational provision at the heart of the Middlemore Estate, It wouldn't just be used as an educational facility, we would use it for all members of the community"

– Karen Tweedale, Middlemore Residents Association

The local education authority says there's already sufficient capacity at the town's other schools and that a new school being built on a neighbouring development will cater for future demands.

Middlemoor residents now want to open a Free School on the land, but Daventry District Council want to build residential properties there to generate income.

Chris Millar, Daventry District Council Credit: ITV Central

"That site actually was orignially going to be for a school until the County Council decided two or three years ago not to have a school on Middlemoor, so therefore we're now using that site for market housing, market rent housing, for which there is a need. Also that will help the council's revenue balances, which is all about benefits to the council tax payer".

"Daventry District Council says it has identified a number of sites where a school could be built in the future, but as far as the residents are concerned only one site will do and that's here right in the centre of the community".

– Chris Millar, Daventry District Council

Councillors will debate the planning application this evening.