A representative for Silverstone said proposals for upto 220 new homes could significantly erode the visual character of the village during her opening statement at a planning appeal in Towcester today, Tuesaday, February 5.
On Tuesday a planning inspector opened the hearing into the appeal by Barwood Land and Estates against South Northants Council’s decision to refuse permission for the homes on Catchyard Farm.
Speaking on behalf of Silverstone Parish Council Thea Osmund-Smith said the proposals were outside the village confines and clashed with SNC’s long established policies designed to protect open countryside.
She said Barwood had mistaken the land between the village and the bypass as ‘leftover space’ which had been severed from the surrounding agricultural land by the A43.
Ms Osmund-Smith said Barwood would claim SNC had taken the wrong approach in assessing how many new homes were needed in the district, but said SNC’s policies and development framework were clear and consistent.
Speaking for Barwood, Richard Kimblin dismissed several of SNC reasons of refusal, including one which referred to the principles of localism.
He said there was no policy or legislative grounds for refusing an application ‘in the spirit of localism.’
Mr Kimblin said he would argue employment growth at Silverstone Circuit would make the development sustainable and that it would help build a strong local economy.
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