Pickles to have final say on appeal

Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles
Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles

More than 20 residents wearing pink Yes4Winslow T-shirts attended a five-day public inquiry that closed last Tuesday.

The inquiry followed an appeal by Gladman Developments against AVDC’s decision to refuse planning permission for 100 homes on land between Little Horwood Road and Shipton.

Two previous attempts by Gladman to build 200 and then 175 homes on the land have been refused at appeals.

The inquiry involved five days of submissions and cross-examination by barristers, consultants, Winslow residents and town councillors.

The Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, which was approved by AVDC on Day 2 of the inquiry, will now be a key consideration.

The planning inspector, John Fellgate, said he could not indicate when the outcome of the inquiry would be known as he will have to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, who will make the final decision.

The appeal has been called-in by the Secretary of State because of the conflict with the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, which excludes development to the east of Little Horwood Road.

Gladman’s barrister called for the decision to be delayed until after the result of the Judicial Review of the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan is known.

Winslow town councillor Llew Monger, who presented the town council’s case at the inquiry, said: “As the Judicial Review is not until December 11 and 12, it is unlikely we will know he outcome until well into the New Year.

“By then the results of three major planning appeals in Aylesbury are also due, so that too could have an effect on the final decision.”