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Inspectorate’s Decision For 350 Dwellings Challenged By Council

by Paul Addison on July 5, 2018 No comments

It has been revealed that a planning inspector’s decision to approve 350 dwellings in Thornbury, will be challenged by South Gloucestershire Council.

For outline permission, The Cleve Park application by Welbeck Strategic Land LLP additionally included a 70-unit elderly care facility, as well as 1,150 square metres of commercial community floorspace.

From the 350 dwellings, 35% were anticipated to be affordable with 14 self-build plots.

As the scheme would “compromise its vision for Thornbury” the council refused permission, the applicant later appealed.

Permitting the appeal, it was mentioned by a planning inspector that the council had an extensive absence in the future supply of housing land, ruling that residents’ opposition “must be balanced against the aspirations of the government to boost the supply of housing”.

The council had said in a statement on its website:

“We have carefully considered the inspector’s decision and will be issuing legal proceedings challenging this decision.”

The council has written to housing secretary James Brokenshire, asking him to recover two planning appeals from the Planning Inspectorate.

The first application by Barratt Homes is for outline permission for 121 homes and a retail outlet on land off Wotton Road in Charfield.

The second, by Bovis Homes Ltd, is for outline permission for the demolition of agricultural buildings and the erection of 370 residential units on land to the South of Gloucester Road in Thornbury.

Per the council, allowing these appeals will;

“undermine the joint spatial plan (JSP) process and its impact upon the residents and communities of South Gloucestershire”.

The leader of the council, Toby Savage said:

“Enough is enough. I am determined to see the council take a robust approach to challenging unsustainable development across the district. Where we have taken difficult decisions to proactively and positively plan for future housing and jobs growth, we should not have decisions from the Planning Inspectorate which undermines this work as it only stores up economic, social and environmental problems for the future.”

Cabinet member for planning, Colin Hunt, said;

“In South Gloucestershire we are trying to be plan-led with our decisions on planning applications. While we appreciate that we have a shortfall on our five-year land supply, we nonetheless want decisions to reflect that we have a solid plan that was prepared in consultation with the public.

It is not appropriate for Thornbury, Charfield and other locations to be under attack from speculative developers in this way, who are seeking to circumvent the plan-led system and community engagement in a manner which undermines the recently submitted JSP.”

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