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Gasworks homes plan appealed

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Developers hoping to build 375 new homes on the former gasworks in Marshgate Drive have appealed against the District Council's refusal of planning permission.

The planning application was discussed at last month's Development Control committee meeting, with councillors voting unanimously to reject the plans.

The District Plan earmarks the site for development of around 200 homes.St.William's plans have been strongly resisted by local residents on the grounds of overdevelopment and the inability of the surrounding road network to support additional traffic. The local highway authority submitted evidence to support claims that local roads would be impacted by the development.

The councils reasons for refusing planning permission include overdevelopment, impact on the highways network, poor design, impact on the river, and faliure to comply with the agreed Masterplan for the area.

The developer's appeal contests the council's decision on multiple grounds - disagreeing many of the reasons for refusing planning permission.

The appeal will be the subject of a public enquiry held by a government inspector on 20th November, with stakeholders presenting their cases both for and against the plans.

A final date for a decision has not yet been set, but is unlikely before next year.

Update 3/9/19: The Public Enquiry will last for 12 days. The dates for the inquiry are 20th-22nd November, 26th-29th November, 3rd-4th December and 10th-12th December.


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