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A ‘U-turn in Stockton housing scheme causes “fury” in the Council

by Paul Addison on June 10, 2016 No comments

A 550 home development at Ingleby Barwick has been allowed outline proposals after the government reconsidered the appeal decision.

The leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (Bob Cook), has badly responded to Greg Clark’s choice to give consent an appeal over outline proposals by the developer Tiviot Way Investments Ltd. this is for 550 new dwelling on an area of land located at Ingleby Barwick.

This planning history over the two years of this scheme has been varied. After the council rejected the scheme in June 2014, the scheme was refused permission by Sir Eric Pickles, Clark’s predecessor.

Having said that, following on from a successful High Court challenge, the scheme has been reconsidered. The attitude of Clark was in favor with the recommendation of the inspector that help the public inquiry.

The appeal site was part of a designated green wedge, which both the local council and residents had an instinct was the case. However the inspector and Clark disagreed with this, the two also asserted that the development will not undermine the separation of Ingleby Barwick and Thornaby.

Councillor Bob Cook had the following to say:

“It’s farcical. The government has done so many U-turns on this it’s enough to make you feel dizzy.

Shortly before last year’s General Election they bucked their established trend of overturning our local planning decisions by actually supporting our rejection of this unnecessary development.

This change of heart makes that seem very hollow indeed, and makes a mockery of government rhetoric about devolution and local decision making.

We have already paid hefty High Court and legal costs of more than £100,000 defending planning decisions in the Low Lane area of Ingleby Barwick at a time when there is extreme pressure on the council’s budgets.

We have always maintained that planning decisions are best made locally and not in accordance with inappropriate national guidance.”

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Paul AddisonA ‘U-turn in Stockton housing scheme causes “fury” in the Council

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