Here's some good news. The Freeman Homes development planned for St Margarets Drive has been rejected by the Planning Inspector. His conclusions are shown below and you can read the full report below that.
Great news! Well done to everyone who helped with and supported, either in person or mentally, the appeal! There's more to come but this is a great boost to our efforts and will save Alderton from some significant harm.
Summary of Inspectors conclusions
The planning balance and conclusion
51. I have found that in the absence of a five year supply of deliverable housing land, the Framework gives support for the scheme to which I attach significant weight. However, against this must be balanced the harm that the development would cause.
52. I have found harm in terms of the effects of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area as it would lead to the extension of the built-up part of the settlement into the adjoining countryside and affect the setting of the AONB. This would conflict with the aims of Policy LND2 of the Local Plan and the Framework. This is an adverse impact to which I attach considerable weight.
53. I also found that that the proposed development would have a disproportionate effect on the village in terms of the cumulative impact of development and also on the social wellbeing of the community. I attach significant weight to the harm that would arise.
54. The totality of the harm I have identified is not clearly outweighed by the social or economic benefits of the development, including the supply of new housing, both market and affordable.
55. In the context of the Framework taken as a whole, the adverse impacts of the proposed development significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme. Accordingly, the proposal would not represent sustainable development for which a presumption in favour should apply.
56. For the reasons given above and having had regard to all matters that have been raised, including all the decisions elsewhere referred to by the parties, I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.
Download the appeal decision
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The Parish Council encourages you to attend these important events that are both highly relevant to the current planning situation in Alderton.
Draft Tewkesbury Borough Plan Public Consultation, Alderton Village Hall, Thurs 5th March, 3pm to 7.30pm
This is your opportunity to ask questions about the Borough Council’s draft policies and rural site options. The Borough Council has approved a draft version of the Tewkesbury Borough Plan for public consultation from 27th February to 13th April 2015. Once adopted this document will form a key part of the development plan for Tewkesbury Borough up to 2031 and alongside the Joint Core Strategy (plus, in Alderton, our Neighbourhood Development Plan) will be used to guide decision making on planning applications. This Plan fills in the detail for smaller communities and invites comments on a number of rural site options being considered for each Rural Service Centre and Service Village identified in the Joint Core Strategy (Alderton has been classified as a Service Village). In the first instance, it has allocated a total of 46 new houses for Alderton village, a figure that, as we know, is already met through the Charles Church development.
More details :- www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan
The deadline for responses to the Draft Tewkesbury Borough Plan is on Monday 13th April 2015 at 5pm.
Alderton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) update, Alderton Village Hall, Sat 28th March, 10am to 12pm
Alderton's Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is a key part of our response to the unprecedented number of planning applications for housing currently around the village.
The progress of our NDP is crucial if we are to seek to take back some control of the land use in our Parish. Using guidelines from the present government, the Parish Council has argued that a local community should be allowed ‘to shape where development should and should not go’. Our NDP should be our development blueprint for the next 20 years.
The NDP Group has recognised the need for professional support to help us with the next stage of work. We have appointed a firm of experienced planners to assist us. The first task we have instructed them to undertake is to prepare proposals for, and facilitate, a workshop for the Alderton NDP Group. A key objective for the workshop is to consider development opportunities within the Parish (housing, other infrastructure, local green spaces etc). These proposals will be presented and every resident is invited to come along – your comments will be translated into policies which will make up our NDP. Please continue to support your NDP, so that your views on development can be included.