On 21st November, the Town Council was notified of the Secretary of State’s decision regarding the appeal by Gladman Developments against AVDC’s decision to refuse planning permission for up to 211 homes on the Glebe Farm site which he had recovered, enabling the final decision by him. The Inspector who conducted the Public Inquiry recommended that the appeal be allowed and planning permission granted subject to conditions. However, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, disagreed with the Inspector’s recommendation, dismissed the appeal and refused planning permission.
The key factor in arriving at his decision is the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, in particular Policy 2 relating to the Winslow Settlement Boundary (WSB) as the Glebe Farm site lies outside the WSB. The Secretary of State (S o S) concluded that there was significant conflict between the appeal proposal and the Neighbourhood Plan as a whole and, as he has done in other similar situations, found in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan. The full decision document can be found via this link at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/planning-applications-called-in-decisions-and-recovered-appeals.
Mention was made in the S o S’s letter of a separate note being attached setting out the circumstances in which the validity of the Secretary of State’s decision may be challenged by making an application to the High Court within six weeks from the date of his letter. We understand Gladman intend to make such a challenge.
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Gladman Developments Limited’s legal challenge concerning the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, where Aylesbury Vale District Council is the defendant, will be held in the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 11th and 12th of December. About 18 residents will be attending on both days. The judge’s decision is not expected for about two months.