CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build 380 homes on land owned by the Bird Group at Pebworth are being recommended for refusal by planning officials at Wychavon District Council.
The council’s planning committee will be asked to reject the scheme being put forward by Codex Land Promotions on a site adjacent to Sims Metals and close to the £100 million Long Marston leisure village being built by St Modwen.
No fewer than seven parish councils—Welford, Quinton, Marston Sicca, Pebworth, Mickleton, Weston-sub-Edge and Chipping Campden Town Council—have all strongly objected to the proposals.
Stratford District Council has also voiced objections, arguing that a mixed use scheme on this site would be an unsustainable form of development poorly related to the adjacent leisure village and contrary to planning policy.
The district council says: “No significant benefits have been identified which would outweigh the adverse sustainability issues.”
All three interested county councils—Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire—are more circumspect, restricting their comments to technical issues such as highways considerations. Gloucestershire says it has no objection to the scheme regarding highways matters.
But Mickleton Parish Council is typical of the smaller local authorities in opposing the project. It says it “strongly objects” to the scheme and adds: “The proposal is in addition to the approved permission on St Modwen’s adjacent site for up to 500 houses, employment, 150 lodges, 150 holiday homes, caravan park and associated leisure.
“The site is in an isolated rural location close to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Meon Hill and would be an inappropriate development on a plough and furrow greenfield location. Access is on to the B4632 which is already severely overloaded with domestic and HGV traffic which forms the narrow winding High Street to Mickleton village.”
After careful consideration of all the issues, planning officials at Wychavon are equally adamant in opposing the scheme.
They say: “Whilst the proposal has the benefit of providing housing, the latest evidence suggests that there is no pressing short term need for additional housing provision.
“The scheme serves some environmental benefits in terms of addressing on-site environmental issues. Also the scheme would bring economic benefits.
“However, officers consider that the adverse impacts of granting permission would significantly and demonstrably outweigh these benefits.”
They say that even if it is found that the council cannot demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, the proposal would not benefit from the presumption in favour of sustainable development as set out by the government. Officers therefore consider planning permission should be refused,” they declare.
Pebworth is just one of a number of local villages being targeted by developers.
Plans for 20 homes in Tysoe were refused at Stratford District Council’s east planning committee on Wednesday night last week, reports Sarah Evans
Steve Pendleton submitted plans for 20 new homes with a variety of designs, types and sizes on land adjoining Church Farm Court and Main Street.
It was referred to the planning committee due to the scale of the development and objections from ward member Cllr Gillian Roache (Cons, Vale of the Red Horse) and the parish council.
Councillors went against the officer’s recommendation to grant the application, subject to a legal agreement, by five votes to one, with two abstentions.
Meanwhile Gladman Homes have proposed a development for 75 new homes on land off Oxhill Road, in Middle Tysoe. A public exhibition of the proposals was held yesterday (Wednesday) in Tysoe Village Hall.
And, as reported two weeks ago, in Welford there are plans for four separate developments involving a total of nearly 150 homes.
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