Saturday, 20 July 2019

Developer won’t quit homes fight

A DEVELOPER is continuing its fight to build 245 new homes on farmland in Emmer Green.

Gladman Homes wants to develop three fields between Peppard Road and Kiln Road.

It has been granted an oral hearing at the High Court on March 26 where it will outline its “skeleton” argument in a short hearing.

Earlier this month, the court rejected the company’s request to overturn a planning inspector’s decision to uphold South Oxfordshire District Council’s refusal of planning permission in 2017.

It argued that the inspector Nick Palmer and the council had both underestimated the amount of new housing that the district would need so the application should be allowed in order to meet demand.

The court said the company had “no prospect” of success and ordered it to pay £2,960 towards the Government’s costs in preparing a written response.

At the hearing next month Gladman will claim that its case is “arguable” and that the court should permit a “substantive” hearing.

Gladman wants to develop 13.5 hectares of land in Eye and Dunsden parish, which is owned by the Phillimore estate. The plans were opposed by neighbouring parish councils and the Campaign Against Gladman in Eye and Dunsden, a residents’ group.

Leigh Rawlins, a member of CAGE, said: “The court has already considered it and I don’t expect, and indeed don’t think, they are permitted to bring any new arguments to bear.”

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