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Appeal no. 2 over bid for 77 homes in Malmesbury
A second appeal is to be heard over the refusal to give permission to build 77 homes and a community building off Park Road, Malmesbury.
A planning application to build the homes, community building, public open space and associated works, including construction of new access, was submitted by White Lion Land LLP in April 2011.
It was refused four months later and an appeal was dismissed in March 2012.
The application was resubmitted in October last year but, following inspections and after receiving 117 letters in opposition and only one in favour, North Wiltshire Planning Committee again refused permission.
The developers are appealing against this and both sides will put their case at a public inquiry, the date of which has not been set.
Simon Killane, Wiltshire councillor for Malmesbury and chairman of Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Group, said: “We’re having to defend decisions made by the town council and Wiltshire Council.
“They (the developers) have a stack of corporate money and legal teams to try and break the process. The sites we have chosen as part of the Neighbourhood Plan are better sites.
“It’s very sad and it’s going to be a real challenge for us, but we’re up for it.”
Wiltshire Council said the proposal was premature to progression of its Local Development Framework, the Wiltshire Core Strategy document for the area and Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan.
White Lion Land dispute this in its appeal and say the council has been unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework, and that its proposals represent a sustainable form of development.
To comment, write to Jennifer Saunders, Room 3/19A, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting reference APP/Y3940/A/13/ 2200503/NWF.
The planning innspectorate asks for three copies of each letter, which must be received before October 1.
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