Planning inspector overturns refusal to allow developer to build 350 homes in Guisborough (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Planning inspector overturns refusal to allow developer to build 350 homes in Guisborough
A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build 350 homes in a market town has been given the go-ahead following an appeal.
Nearly 450 letters and emails of objection were received by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council over plans by Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire for land west of the Galley Hill estate in Stokesley Road in Guisborough.
Last November the local authority threw out the application at a planning meeting packed out by angry residents.
The scheme, for a mix of affordable housing, bungalows and executive homes, plus public open space and a play area, had been recommended for conditional outline approval by planning officers.
Following the decision the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate which overturned the original decision following a two-day inquiry held in June.
And the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government approved the planning inspector’s recommendation that planning permission be granted for the scheme.
Mark Leigh, managing director for Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire, said: “We have received the Secretary of State’s decision to allow the appeal and to grant planning approval for our proposed residential development at Galley Hill. We are currently reviewing the detail of the decision and the accompanying inspector’s report.
“Moving forward we are keen to work closely with the council and community to deliver a development of new homes that meets local needs and helps towards addressing the current shortfall in the provision of affordable housing.”
Councillor Helen Mcluckie, cabinet member for highways, planning and transport, defended the committee’s original decision but accepted a change in government guidelines meant the authority unable to contest the appeal.
She said: "This development was originally considered by planning committee who refused it on the basis that it was outside development limits.
“At appeal it was acknowledged that the planning perspective in relation to the five year land supply had moved on.
“The council considered that the application would have been accepted at committee had it been heard at the time of the appeal and therefore withdrew its defence.
“The council will now work with the developer to ensure the best scheme for the residents of the borough."
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