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Council wins appeal against Newbury development

Developer appealed decision to refuse permission for 85 homes.

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West Berkshire Council has won an appeal brought by developers hoping to build 85 homes in Newbury.

Last year Gladman Developments Limited sought planning permission to build 85 homes on land adjacent to Garden Close Lane in Newbury. Permission was refused by the council on several grounds including that the council could already demonstrate a plan to build the homes required in the district over the next five years.

The decision was appealed but following a hearing a Planning Inspector yesterday (Wednesday 23 August) dismissed the appeal. In reaching his decision the Inspector noted that a five year housing land supply can be demonstrated and that the proposal put forward by Gladman Developments Limited was not a sustainable development.

The appeal decision follows the dismissal last month of two other planning appeals at Seige Cross and Henwick Park in Thatcham.

Welcoming the Inspector's decision Councillor Hilary Cole, Executive Member for Planning and Housing said: "West Berkshire Council has a housing strategy which is clear about the number of houses we need in the coming years and preferred sites for these homes. We are determined to stick to the plan to ensure housing developments work for the local area - and not just for developers. This decision sends a strong message to developers that we have a plan-led approach which is supported by the Secretary of State that allows us here in West Berkshire to determine where we build our houses."

The full report by the Planning Inspector can be read online: Planning Inspectorate - Land south of Garden Close Lane