Gladman plan ‘would double size of town’

Gladman exhibition on 175 home Verney Road plan in Winslow.'130424M-C634
Gladman exhibition on 175 home Verney Road plan in Winslow.'130424M-C634
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Gladman Developments wants to build 1,200 homes in Winslow on land which is not included in the town’s draft Neighbourhood Development Plan.

When added to the other submitted or proposed plans for development in Winslow, this would take the total number of new homes in the town to 2,111. Winslow currently has just over 2,000 houses.

The Vale of Aylesbury Plan calls for the town to take an additional 400 homes over the next 20 years, and the draft Winslow Neighbourhood Plan offers sites for 440.

Gladman’s is one of only four serious objections that were received to the draft plan during its consultation period, which ended this month. Another objection was on behalf of a different developer, Gleesons, which puts forward an alternative site for a development of 290 houses, a 60-bed care home and a health centre. More than 100 written responses to the draft plan have been received and the majority are overwhelmingly supportive.

The Neighbourhood Plan proposes a 20 per cent increase in the size of the town over 20 years, with development restricted to certain allocated sites.

In its response, Gladman proposes two sites for which it has already made planning applications, both of which are outside the plan’s proposed settlement boundary.

It is going to appeal over its planning application for 211 homes at Glebe Farm, on Verney Road, which was rejected by Aylesbury Vale District Council(AVDC) and its latest plan for 100 homes at Shipton is awaiting a decision.

But in its objection to the Neighbourhood Plan, Gladman also proposes a 1,200-home settlement on land to the north of the railway line and east of Great Horwood Road, including a ‘Local Centre’, sports pitches, a primary school and a potential bypass road for the town.

The company claims Winslow’s housing need is significantly higher than that proposed in the Vale of Aylesbury Plan, and says the policies and scale of growth proposed though the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan are ‘not sufficiently growth orientated or aspirational’.

Chairman of the neighbourhood plan steering group Llew Monger said: “Gladman seem to have an entirely different point of view on the future development of Winslow to Winslow Town Council, AVDC or anyone else. The people of Winslow acccept Winslow must grow. What they want to see is that growth handled sensitively.Gladman seem to think that Winslow should more than double in size over the plan period.”