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First as MP says: we don’t want 146 new houses here
4:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
COTSWOLD MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has formally objected to plans for 146 new homes in Stow.
In an unprecedented move, the MP has formally written to Sir Mike Pitt, chief executive of the planning inspectorate, to formally object to the Bovis Homes development to build on land to the east of Griffin Close, near Oddington Road.
This is first time he has taken this type of action in his 21 years as an MP. It follows a public meeting he organised in Stow in May where nearly 200 people attended, with many voicing their objections about the plans.
As previously reported in The Journal, Bovis lodged an appeal to the planning inspector on the grounds of Cotswold District Council’s non-determination of the outline plans within the agreed 13 week time period.
Mr Clifton-Brown said: “The town of Stow has a wonderful historic square with limited parking and facilities, which makes it undesirable to absorb the current number of houses planned. In addition, this is a very sensitive site up the hill on the eastern approach to Stow in the heart of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
Bovis Homes’ appeal against CDC’s non-determination on the original application will be heard on Tuesday, January 7.
“If localism means anything, the planning inspector should listen to the vast majority of my constituents in Stow, who do not want this development,” added Mr Clifton-Brown.
“There is also considerable concern that Thames Water’s sewage and water infrastructure is not adequate for these extra houses”.
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