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The Gladman seige continues... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Saturday, 15 December 2018 21:23

Gladman Developments have now put in a formal outline planning application for 210 more houses on the 'Little Marcle Road site', ie. land west of the Leadon with a vehicular access off Little Marcle Road opposite Heineken's entrance.  The planning application number is P184447/O, which may be viewed here.  Closing date for online responses is 13th January (only one month from posting on Herefordshire Council's website - with no allowance for the dead 10 days or so over Christmas and New Year).

Update: The closing date for online responses has now been put back to 17th February.
This was at the request of (among others) Ledbury Town Council, whose planning committee's next scheduled meeting is after 13th January - which would have made it difficult for the council to comment.

This is the third outline application from the same land agent that is in Herefordshire Council's (HC) planning pipeline: the other two both relate to the same site east of the Dymock road, south of the 'Barratt' site (which was also procured by Gladman after appeal to the Planning Inspectorate).  Whilst both these remain 'live' (and are not substantially different), online representations had been closed at the time of writing.  Only the later one (P184032/O) is relevant.  Update: representations may now be made online until 27th January, or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  More here.

Gladman - who can easily claim to be Public Enemy Number 1 in Ledbury - also claims it has carried out a 'Community Involvement' exercise, by circulating over 600 leaflets and putting an advert in the Ledbury Reporter at the end of October.  However, the owner of Redbank reported she never received such a leaflet, despite being next door to the site.  Gladman has published the results (on HC's page for 184447 -> Supporting Documents -> Statements of Community Involvement parts 1 and 2).  Part 1 (page 10) brazenly claims it has addressed concerns raised - one of which is 'The site is outside the proposed neighbourhood plan', to which it replied 'The neighbourhood plan is yet to be made and does not allocate any further housing growth for Ledbury.  Herefordshire is unable to demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing and therefore policies which seek to restrict housing growth are deemed out of date.'  Mr. Gladman - you're out of date since the neighbourhood plan was adopted by referendum on 6th December: it quite clearly states that Ledbury already will have over 900 homes for which planning permission has been granted, plus a further 200 from windfall sites, in the period up to the year 2031.  A requirement for only 800 has been identified for the same period.  Another complainant stated the Ledbury Reporter advert appeared in the Malvern section (!) and therefore was too well hidden.  There are many other flaws...

Part 2 lists 19 responses it received (unknown whether that is the true total), starting on page 10.  Only one of these was vaguely in favour, but still expressed concerns.  Well done all of you who did respond - some vehemently against, but regretfully you must also respond directly to HC to have any bearing on the outcome, now a formal application has been lodged.

Nil illegitimi carborundum...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 11:47