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Bovis Homes is appealing its development in Oddington Road
PLANS for 146 new homes in Stow have gone straight to appeal – because Cotswold District Council was not quick enough to make a decision.
In an unusual move, applicant Bovis Homes has lodged an appeal to the planning inspector on the grounds of CDC’s non-determination of the outline plans to build on land to the east of Griffin Close, near Oddington Road.
The council said if it had been “in a position to determine the application”, grounds for refusal would have included the site being outside the development boundary and loss of agricultural land.
Stow Mayor Alun White said the situation was “quite extraordinary”. “Bovis kept putting in fresh papers and they have gone to appeal on the basis the council haven’t given them a verdict in 13 weeks,” he said.
“My suspicion is they don’t think they would get permission from CDC so they might be more successful with the inspector. They appealed on a technicality.
“The council is supposed to give a response within 13 weeks, but with the amount of paperwork that Bovis put in it’s absolutely no surprise they didn’t get a response.”
But Nevin Holden, Bovis Homes regional strategic land director, said: “The application was submitted in April and we have since worked with the local planning authority to address queries raised during the determination period.
“We have appealed the application for non-determination, following due process, and the appeal will be heard in January.”
CDC spokesman Bob McNally said: “The application was for a major development in a sensitive location.
Officers were assessing/ responding to the comments submitted by consultees and were in on-going discussions with the applicant.
“Officers understood from the agent that the applicants were willing to agree to an extension of the statutory time period to allow negotiations to be concluded.”
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