Third refusal for Shipton plans

Residents at a Gladman consultation event in St Laurence Room, Winslow.'130416M-A111
Residents at a Gladman consultation event in St Laurence Room, Winslow.'130416M-A111
0
Have your say

A third planning application by Gladman Developments to build a housing estate on land at Shipton, on the edge of Winslow, has been refused by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC).

Previous applications for a housing development on the greenfield site owned by Gladman between Shipton and the Little Horwood Road were also unsuccessful.

The decisions on the first application, for 200 homes, and the second for 175 homes were both appealed by Gladman. In each case, the planning inspector upheld AVDC’s decision.

The latest application was for 100 homes.

AVDC case officer Seth Williams said the development is not needed in order to meet the housing land supply as a five-year housing land supply has been demonstrated in the draft Winslow Neighbourhood Plan.

He added: “The proposal would result in harm to the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside. It fails to conserve and enhance the natural environment and results in the loss of a proportion of best and most versatile agricultural land.

“The development would have an adverse impact on the visual and landscape character of the site and the surrounding area, which cannot be justified.”

The ongoing battle between Winslow Town Council and Gladman was mentioned in last weekend’s Sunday Times after government ministers said they would make it easier for people to block unwanted housing developments in their area.