Friday, 19 April 2019

Developer gives up

A DEVELOPER has abandoned plans to build 245 new homes on farmland in Emmer Green.

Gladman Homes wanted to develop three fields between Peppard Road and Kiln Road but had exhausted every option in its efforts to overturn the refusal of planning permission.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s decision was upheld on appeal by planning inspector Nick Palmer and in February the High Court refused a request by Gladman to overturn that ruling.

Last week, the company was granted a final oral hearing at which it outlined its reasons why the case should be heard. However, the court again concluded this was pointless as there was no prospect of success.

Gladman had seven days to pursue action through the Appeal Court but opted not to.

The company had argued that the council and inspector had underestimated how much new housing would be needed so the scheme should be allowed in order to meet demand.

The development would have covered 13.5 hectares of land in Eye and Dunsden parish, which is owned by the Phillimore estate.

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