I’m sure that many of you will be happy to hear that the CBC has REFUSED planning permission for the Bower Lane development.
This decision was made on a number of points. Including conflict with the purposes of the greenbelt, insufficient arguments made by the developers to warrant harm to the greenbelt, the loss of agricultural land, the scale of the development, the harm to the character and appearance of the site, and the lack of legal agreement on either the provision of affordable housing or contributions to mitigate the impact of the development on the local infrastructure.
After reading the comments from CBC, I can only believe the response from the village and surrounding communities played a major part in this. By the time of the decision, we had an astounding 580 people take the time and effort to share their objections with CBC.
Even though I’m upbeat about the result, I’m under no illusions that this is the end of the matter. The developers are well within their rights to appeal. But this couldn’t be a better first step, and if we need to campaign again, we’re more than ready to do so.