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Deadlines for south of bypass planning applications extended PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Thursday, 01 February 2018 15:13

The deadlines for both outline planning applications to build a further total of more than 600 houses south of Ledbury bypass have been extended to midnight on Tuesday 6th February.  These are in addition to 625 houses north of the viaduct, 175 mentioned in Herefordshire Council's core strategy for Ledbury until 2031 as infill, and 321 houses on the site now acquired by Barratt Homes for which planning permission was granted on appeal just under a year ago.  This total of over 1800 houses would incur a population increase in Ledbury of almost 50% - the town doesn't need and can't accommodate such an increase, and nearly all existing residents don't want it, according to the number of representations already made on Herefordshire Council's website.

Application numbers, with links to where plans may be seen on the council's website, are:

P174495/O for the Gladman application (435 houses adjacent to the Dymock road, south of the Barratt development, which is already underway);

P174745/O for the Bovis application (185 houses east of the Barratt development almost extending to the A417 Gloucester road.)  Update: The deadline for comments on this one has now been extended until midnight on Tuesday 20th February.

It should be noted that the Gladman Group, which is based in Cheshire and is responsible for the larger application, won on appeal last February their outline application for 321 houses on the first part of this land, which they subsequently sold to Barratt Homes .  As part of the reason for granting the appeal, the Inspector cited apparent lack of opposition by Ledbury residents generally.  Update: This is not the case in respect of the current application - at close of business on 6th February, there were only 2 supporting comments, with over 250 objections, according to the council's website.

So if you want to preserve Ledbury from grasping avaricious developers whose only interest is acquiring agricultural land, obtaining planning permission for building and then selling on at a vast profit, please make your views known by Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:28