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Homes scheme rejected for the fourth time
PLANS to build homes on land near Badgers Field in Chipping Campden have been thrown for the fourth time by planners – but the development could still go through on appeal.
Cotswold District Council’s planning committee refused outline plans for 16 homes – eight affordable and eight private – on the land off George Lane, at their meeting on September 11, despite it being recommended for approval by the planning officer.
Members refused the application by eight votes to six on the grounds it was outside the development boundary and for the significant impact it would have on the landscape.
It is the fourth attempt applicant Longborough Developments has made to develop the piece of land, with the first two applications thrown out last year and on appeal three months later while the third application was dismissed only last month.
However, the previous application, which was refused in July, has now gone to appeal and the case will be heard by the planning inspector.
County councillor Lynden Stowe, Campden-Vale division, said: “I hope the appeal inspector recognises the genuine and widespread community support to keep Badgers Field as a green field for many future generations.
“The people of Campden simply don’t want to see that field built on. The sooner the developer realises it the better.”
About 20 residents turned out to hear the latest application which has attracted 38 letters and a petition signed by 77 people objected to the scheme, with three letters in support.
Campden mayor Chris Jones said: “We’ve now had four refusals by CDC, one dismissed appeal and one ongoing appeal to the Secretary of State on a site that 98 per cent of respondents to our survey want to be retained as an open space.
“We believe that the scheme fails to address the concerns of the last planning inspector, and I trust that this, and the strength of local opinion, will result in the latest appeal being dismissed."”
The developer had no comment to make about the latest planning decision.
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