Sunley Homes applied last year to build 40 homes off Blendworth lane on a controversial site. Half of the development was on a field in the conservation zone and in our designated gap. The application was recommended for approval by the case officer and at the planning committee following representation from our local District Councillor Cllr Tickell the committee voted to go against the recommendation and refuse permission. An unusual reversal of a decision and based very much on the progress of the Allocation Plan which identified our preferred sites across the District.
Unsurprisingly, Sunley Homes appealed and this was heard by the planning inspector earlier this year. In the last week the decision to dismiss the appeal (Agree with EHDC’s refusal) has been made which is excellent news for local residents who have been so concerned about the development.
Cllr Tickell, the Councillor who spoke at the appeal for us said “This is a very strong decision that gave considerable importance to preserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the Blendworth Conservation Area and the setting of Cadlington House, a Grade II Listed Building. Secondly, it also emphasised the importance of the Local Gap Policy to help prevent coalescence and retain the separate identity of settlements. The Inspector felt that the Appeal Site contributed to the Local Gap between Blendworth and Horndean as open and undeveloped land and that development would have compromised its integrity. The combination of the adverse impacts on heritage assets and the local gap was held to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the proposed development.”
Over the last two years the number of planning applications has been a major concern for us all in Horndean and with several major applications in a short period of time we have been able to reject all but two and every appeal held into the decisions has been upheld. Particular acknowledgement goes to Cllrs Schillemore and Tickell who have spoken now at several appeal hearings on our behalf.
Here is a listing of the applications and their appeal status. I am sure you will agree it makes great reading:
Land East Of Horndean (our allocated site) 700 Homes Approved. S106 agreement being finalised now.
Bargate Homes Lovedean (our second allocated site) 40 Homes Approved.
Land to the rear of 191 – 211 Lovedean Lane 39 homes Refused by EHDC. Appeal Decision Upheld
Land at 102 – 120 Downhouse Road, Catherington 26 homes – Refused by EHDC Appeal Decision Upheld
Blendworth Lane 40 Homes Refused by EHDC Appeal Decision Upheld
White Dirt Farm 135 Homes Refused by EHDC No Appeal and time expired
Crookley Park (Blendworth Fabrics in Blendworth) (15 Homes) Refused by EHDC No Appeal Yet – Times out on the 1st November.
Chalk Hill Road 73 Units with Taylor Wimpey Refused by EHDC No Appeal Yet – Times out on the 8th November.