Hillmorton campaigners celebrate after countryside homes plan rejected - The Rugby Observer

Hillmorton campaigners celebrate after countryside homes plan rejected

Andy Morris 19th Jul, 2017   0

HILLMORTON residents have celebrated after a plan to build up to 107 houses in countryside near the Rainsbrook Valley was rejected for the second time.

Gladman Homes launched an appeal after its application to build the homes at Waldings Farm, off Barby Lane, was unanimously rejected by Rugby Borough Council on grounds it would be ‘harmful to the qualities, character and amenity of both the countryside and setting of Hillmorton.’

But the appeal was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate, which agreed damage caused by the development would outweigh any benefits.

Pauline Woodcock, who set up campaign group Residents for the Preservation of Hillmorton to oppose the development, said: “This is fantastic news for Hillmorton and for everyone who helped fight the developer.

“It is a victory for local people and one we all hope will help in the ongoing fight against other developers targeting our countryside.”

Hillmorton County Councillor Yousef Dahmash said he was was delighted.

He said: “This was absolutely the right decision and is a brilliant victory for the community.

“The site was unsustainable and the developer was unwilling to engage with the community at any point to address our concerns.

“We are already seeing significant housing growth to the east of the Borough with 6,200 new homes being built at Houlton and at Wharf Farm, and our infrastructure is already under pressure. It cannot be said that Hillmorton is not doing its bit to provide new housing.

“These speculative developments do not bring the necessary infrastructure to make them sustainable and consequently they negatively impact the community.

“The Houlton development brings with it new schools and roads, and much-needed improvements to the A428, particularly at the Paddox pub junction, in the coming years.

“There are other developers circling our countryside with similar proposals but they may now think again.

“It is clear from this decision that the Council’s hand has been significantly strengthened to reject further speculative proposals.”

The planning application proposed vehicular access from Barby Lane, open space, landscaping, footpaths, cycleways and associated infrastructure alongside the 107 homes.

Gladman Homes has not responded to a request for comment.


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