Third Winslow application in five months by Gladman

Town councillor Roy van de Poll at a Gladman consultation event in the St Laurence Room in April
Town councillor Roy van de Poll at a Gladman consultation event in the St Laurence Room in April

Gladman developments, which was accused of “rapacious” behaviour by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi in the Sunday Times two weeks ago, has submittted yet another planning application for Winslow.

The firm’s original application for 211 homes on land at Glebe Farm, off Verney Road, was turned down by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and Gladman has appealed against that decision.

But in addition, the company has now submitted a virtually identical new application for the same site – its third major planning application for a site in Winslow in five months.

Town councillor Roy van de Poll, who sits on the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan steering committee, said: “I believe this is another example of Gladman Developments Ltd attempting to derail our Winslow Neighbourhood Plan and certainly I don’t understand why they’ve submitted this second application.

“The thing they’re mainly harping on about is the land supply issue. They’ve also dismissed our Winslow Neighbourhood Plan. They seem to be convincing themselves the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan will have no weight.”

The committee hopes to submit the neighbourhood plan to AVDC for six weeks of ‘publication’ by the end of the month.

He said: “At the end of the publication period, our understanding is it would be a material planning consideration and would be even stronger once it’s gone through the examination stage.

“Once the examiner has given the thumbs up, we can go into the community referendum stage.

“And after the plan is made, it becomes the key planning document for Winslow.”

The planning inspectorate has not yet validated Gladman’s appeal.