Inquiry to be held over refusal of plans for up to 198 houses near Stanwick

An inquiry is to be held after plans for up to 198 houses on the outskirts of a village were turned down.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:58 pm
An appeal has been made over the refusal of plans for up to 198 houses on the edge of Stanwick

Gladman Developments Ltd has made two separate applications to build houses on land off West Street in Stanwick, but both have been turned down by East Northants Council’s planning management committee.

The first application to build 230 homes on the site was refused before the developer followed this up with a subsequent application to build up to 198 houses on the same site.

Both applications were met with opposition, including from Stanwick Parish Council, several town councils in the area as well as hundreds of letters of objection from people living nearby.

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Councillors went on to refuse the second bid in March this year, and the developer has since decided to make an appeal to the Secretary of State regarding their decision.

A planning inquiry will now take place in October.

The Northants Telegraph contacted East Northants Council about the appeal, and while it declined to comment on it, a council spokesman provided the five reasons given by the committee for turning down the plans for 198 houses.

The reasons for refusal included the proposal would result in new housing development on unallocated greenfield land at Stanwick without adequate justification.

They also said the location and lack of transportation facilities means the proposal is unsustainable and will prejudice the aims of the Northamptonshire highway development management strategy.

Another reason given for refusal was that the proposed development would fail to conserve and enhance the existing landscape character and historic assets.

The planning inquiry is due to start on October 11 and is scheduled to last for seven days.

A decision is normally made within six weeks of the inquiry.

Any owner or tenant of the land who wishes to make representations about the application can write to the Secretary of State c/o The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.