Wardington Works to Commence Late October 2019

Road construction works A361 through Wardington
October 2019 | www.hs2.org.uk
High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.
You will shortly see works starting late October on the A361 though Wardington and we will be keeping you updated and informed as these works progress.
What we will be doing in your area?
We will be widening the existing road at three bends on the A361 within Wardington, installing a puffin crossing and carrying out other associated road improvement works.
These works will include the below:
• Grass and shrub trimming
• Road widening
• Installation of road crossing
• New road markings
• New village gateways (village sign, road markings and gate entrance feature) at the north and south of the village
• Installation of speed alert signs

Sulgrave Manor – Volunteers Wanted

‘Sulgrave Manor, ancestral home of George Washington, is looking for enthusiastic people to join the team of friendly volunteers. The Manor is steeped in history and we are on the hunt for House Volunteers, Garden Volunteers and Learning Engagement Volunteers.

House Volunteers bring the heritage to life for the visitors during opening season (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 12-5 April-September). We would love for volunteers to offer one day a week or fortnight for the open season.

Garden Volunteers assist the Head Gardner in developing and maintaining the Manor’s historic garden. We are looking for volunteers on every day of the week Monday- Friday, 10-3.

Learning Engagement Volunteers assist the team with both the schools programme and activities for school holidays and open seasons. This role is really flexible as regards days.

All roles are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in history and/or gardens, no experience necessary, all training given. Volunteers are welcome to volunteer in groups or pairs. Roles are flexible so you can fit volunteering around your commitments. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact: enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk  or 01295760205



Housing development on Sports field barns site

A planning application has been sent in to SNC relating to the barns on the edge of the Sports field. This is to build 8 new houses.
Full application can be seen at
Anyone with views can make comments on the same site. The Parish Council have not discussed this application yet but as it lies within the existing village confines we will not be able to make our usual ‘objection in principal’ that applies to developments outside the village.

New plans for Euro Garages Services at Junction 11

Amended plans have been submitted to SNC Planning. See


This will require a rebuild of Junction 11 that will likely cause great disruption during construction.  See exert from supporting Highways Technical Note below.

Further mitigation measures have also been identified at Junction 11 which comprise an
additional lane on both M40 off-slip approaches to the roundabout and an extension of the second
lane on the A361 to accommodate the full length of queue predicted. The full package of
improvement works to be funded by the developer is summarised below:-
The signalisation of the A422 Hennef Way eastbound approach, partly proposed as part
of HS2.
The signalisation of the A361 and widening to provide two approach lanes.
Widening on the circulatory on the western side of the roundabout to provide an additional
circulatory lane.
Widening on the A422 Hennef Way east arm to allow the nearside left turn lane to be
extended by circa 50m, providing greater capacity on this arm.
Widening of the M40 northbound and southbound off slips to provide additional lanes and
greater capacity.

Chipping Warden Village Fete – THIS SUNDAY

Our annual fete takes place this weekend at The Manor,  2 – 5pm Sunday 6th May.  All the favourites will be there – tombola, cream teas, BBQ, loads of games and other stalls.  And, to top it all, ‘Scruff’s’, the best dog show in South Northants!

Thank you again to Nick and Clare Brooke for hosting the fete again.

Developer Housing Survey – update

Gary Owens, the  Housing Strategy and Partnerships Team Leader (Joint) for the SNC has been unable to provide any answers posed so far by the Parish Council regarding the Grand Union Housing Group “Chipping Warden Housing Survey”, recently delivered to households in the village.  This is because the officer in his team who has been liaising with the developer is on holiday, back on Monday, suggesting that someone in the SNC did know about it.

So, until we receive his response we will not be able to comment on the survey more than reiterate:

  • the PC was not aware of it, contrary to what was written in the covering letter
  • the SNC conducts official housing surveys on a regular basis in order to meet the housing needs of communities across the county – we are unaware of any precedent where a developer conducts an independent survey into housing needs in a village
  • we do not know if this survey is legitimate
  • we do not know whether the SNC will take into account the results of this survey in any future planning application
  • this proposed development is outside the village confines


Any questions please let us know and we will ask them of the SNC until we have full clarity on this matter.






SNC Local Plan Consultation – deadline 10th November

The SNC are consulting on the next phase of the local plan.  The Council is keen for your views to help shape the plan which includes every town and village in South Northants.  The deadline for submission is 10th November 2017.