Also on 14th January, the Town Council was notified that Gladman Developments Ltd had submitted an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal Mr Justice Lewis’s decision to, on all grounds, dismiss the Judicial Review, which claimed that the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan was unlawful for six principal reasons and then refused Gladman’s application to him for permission to appeal his decision on 18th December 2014 stating – The interpretation is clear and there is no prospect of an appeal succeeding on facts.
Earlier this month, the Town Council was advised that Gladman had indeed submitted a legal challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to dismiss their appeal against AVDC’s refusal to grant planning permission for 211 homes on the Glebe Farm, Verney Road, Winslow site and that the Secretary of State’s legal team will be contesting this challenge.
On 14th January, 2015 draft contracts for the purchase of the Paddock were exchanged and signed on behalf of the Council and a cheque was raised in payment to the solicitors, a completion date is now awaited.
This is a very significant step forward for our community as this five and a half acres of land in the middle of the town is where it is planned, as in the Neighbourhood Plan, to site the new Winslow Community Centre and a town park. The Winslow Bowls Club has been located on part of this land for many years on a long-term lease.
The purchase price and improvements needed to make the area suitable for public access are covered by a £200,000 grant from AVDC’s New Homes Bonus fund, applied for by the Town Council.
Subject to a completion date on the purchase, it is planned that work on the site to make it suitable for public access will start later this year.
However, it will be a few years before the planned new Community Centre will be up and running, a project estimated to cost in the region of £3.0 million.