With your permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to present a petition organised by Tony Skipper. He is one of those publicly spirited members of the community who goes out and gets things done. He organised this petition, which has hundreds of signatures.
The petition states:
The Humble Petition of residents of Irchester, Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas,
Sheweth that the Government's Regional Spatial Strategy requiring 52,000 new homes to be built in North Northamptonshire is having an adverse and detrimental effect on the village of Irchester; that the proposed extension of the village policy line allowing the possibility of large scale housing as part of this spatial strategy is unacceptable; and that the Petitioners are opposed to any development outside of the existing Irchester village boundaries which would have an adverse effect on the village.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to scrap Regional Spatial Strategies and return planning decisions to local councils; and further urges him to request that the Borough Council of Wellingborough listens to the view of local people and does not extend the village policy line.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.