In December 2014 Taylor Wimpey submitted plans to EHDC for the development of Chalk Hill Road. Feedback from residents who visited the public consultations were quite remarkable in that they quoted a very self-confident individual from the Taylor Wimpey team who confidently predicted EHDC would refuse the plans, and that Taylor Wimpey would subsequently win on appeal.
It seems Taylor Wimpey’s confidence has eroded as they have submitted revised plans for 50 homes instead of the original 67. Under planning law amendments and revised drawings can be made to the scheme to reflect consultee feedback and comments so that developments that are not quite right or borderline have an opportunity to evolve positively and maybe seek better chances of approval.
It is important to stress that no one at EHDC has given guidance that a lower number of properties may make the scheme more likely to be approved. It remains in gap land, it is a key landscape area, and whether it is 50 homes or 67 the roads accessing the development are not best suited for the additional traffic it would bring.
We of course also have an approved Joint core strategy, a 5 year land supply and the allocations plan has been out to its first round of public consultation. This proposed site is not on the plan. The reduction in homes is probably a last-ditch effort by Taylor Wimpey to put forward something they feel has a better chance of success.
On receipt of the revised proposals EHDC will have made contact with all of the people who wrote in with comments and alerted them to the revised plans. It is important that if you wrote in before that you now do so again to confirm if the revised plans have changed any of your thoughts or if you still have the same comments.
Click on THIS LINK HERE to go to the EHDC planning portal to see details for this application. The ‘Documents’ tab has all of the drawings and if you scroll down you will see the latest information which was uploaded on the 2nd March 2015. You have until the 25th March to issue your comments to the case officer which you can also do on this link.
It is likely this application will be decided around the middle of April now.
Here is a revised copy of the site plan: