24th Sep, 2017

Dismay as Boat Lane homes bid is delayed again

Joshua Godfrey 7th Sep, 2017 Updated: 8th Sep, 2017

DEVELOPERS behind a controversial application which could see hundreds of homes in the heart of Evesham have expressed their dismay at a further delay to their application.

The long-running saga over Hallam Land Management’s bid to build 220 homes and a care home on land off Boat Lane is set to rumble on as the latest deadline for Wychavon District Council to make a decision is set to be missed once again.

As the Observer has previously reported, the developers first submitted their plans back in December 2016.

However, the application has not yet made it to the planning committee as planning officers have pushed back a decision on the plans three times.

Officers have said they had to agree four extension of time agreements with Hallam due to a number of issues, including waiting for comments from Highways chiefs and Historic England, as well as minor changes made to the application.

With a decision pushed back for a third time, this would have seen the application put in front of councillors on the planning committee on September 21.

But, in a letter sent to Hallam’s agent David Lock Associates last Wednesday, Wychavon’s planning officer working on the application, Emma Worley, said this is now ‘unlikely’ to happen.

“I am writing to advise that given my other work commitments it is unlikely that the planning application at Boat Lane will be on the agenda for the Planning Committee on September 21,” she said.

In response Francesca Parmenter from David Lock Associates expressed Hallam’s ‘disappointment’ a decision date is ‘slipping’ back again.

“We appreciate your work pressures, but needless to say we are disappointed that we are unlikely to be at committee in September.

“We feel we have submitted timely responses to each request for additional information in the hope of meeting the September deadline. So it is unfortunate that might be slipping to October.”

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