22nd Oct, 2016

Delight over failure of plan appeals

Evesham Editorial 22nd Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

TWO CONTROVERSIAL Vale planning applications have been thrown out on appeal, much to the delight of Wychavon District Council.

Plans to build an intensive chicken farm in Upton Snodsbury came before the council’s planning committee in September last year but were rejected by members after they said the harm to the land would outweigh the benefits.

The decision to knock back the Naunton Road development, which would have seen four poultry buildings constructed on the agricultural plot, was then won at appeal by Wychavon.

Coun Linda Robinson, chairman of the committee, said: “We are delighted this has been refused especially as so many residents have worked together on this.

“The planning inspector has agreed that this development was not in keeping with the rural nature of the area due to its industrial nature.

“It is great to see local democracy in action.”

The second application was a 33-home development, which included 13 affordable units, on Cheltenham Road in Badsey and was refused in October last year.

Wychavon was able to demonstrate a five year land supply, something which has previously been difficult due to the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) not being fully approved yet.

The appeal was subsequently thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate.

Coun Adrian Hardman, councillor for the area, said: “We are ecstatic that we have won this appeal, especially on the basis of being able to demonstrate a five year land supply.

“Bredon in particular has had a lot of development in recent years and this proposal was met with local opposition plus the planning committee felt the scale and character of the proposal was not appropriate.”