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Homes close to recycling plant vetoed
9:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
PLANS for a massive housing development next to a recycling plant where firefighters recently spent a week putting out a massive blaze have been rejected.
Wychavon District Council’s planning committee discussed the outline application by Codex Lane Promotions for up to 380 homes along with employment land and community facilities at land adjacent to the Sims Metals UK plant in Long Marston near Pebworth.
Speaking against the application, councillor David Cranage of Pebworth Parish Council said, although the developers had claimed consultation had shown the majority of residents were in favour of the plans, a survey by the parish council had shown 94 per cent were against it.
“This is an opportunistic development on greenfield land,” he said.
“It will become an unsustainable car-based suburb.
“If this plan goes ahead it will make a mockery of localism.”
Members also heard the National Grid and the Health and Safety Executive had expressed concerns about the potential impact the development could have on a highpressure gas pipeline near the 22.7-hectare site.
Sharon Summers, representing the applicant, argued the development was “desperately needed”
in the area.
“The objections of the parish council show how out of touch they are with the parish,” she said.
She added the homes, 133 would be affordable, would allow single people and young families to stay in the area.
“Without more children in the village the primary school will have to close and Pebworth will become a retirement village,”
But ward member coun Alastair Adams called for the application to be thrown out.
“This is just another example of developer’s greed and the opportunistic personality they have,” he said.
“It will make a whole new town in the middle of the countryside.”
The plans were refused unanimously.
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