Developer back to try again with rejected south Stockton homes plan (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Developer back to try again with rejected south Stockton homes plan
ANOTHER controversial planning application to build more homes in the south Stockton area will be considered for a second time in the coming weeks.
Taylor Wimpey's plan to build 159 properties on land in Urlay Nook, near Eaglescliffe, was thrown out by Stockton Borough Council's planning committee in June but it has been resubmitted.
Previously approved plans to build about 2,000 homes in the vicinity have caused protests across the district and the council will discuss a motion to urge the Government to change planning rules on Wednesday.
A campaign group, Save Stockton South (SSS), has been formed and recently collected 2,500 signatures to force the council to debate what SSS say are failings in its planning department. That debate is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
The authority has not been able to demonstrate that enough houses will be built in the next five years, and that has made it easier for developers to have planning applications passed. Meanwhile the Government changed the rules to make it easier for developers to build on greenfield sites, instead of more expensive industrial brownfield areas.
The situation has led to more than 2,000 homes being approved for building since January, 2011, including 350 at Morley Carr Farm in Yarm, 350 at Mount Leven, 370 at Green Lane, also in the Yarm area and 850 at Allens West.
Rejecting the plan to build 159 at Urlay Nook was hailed as a success for the Keep Eaglescliffe Special group but the plan was resubmitted by Hedley Planning Services, on behalf of Taylor Wimpey.
A letter to the council from Hedley Planning Services reads: “The applicants are strongly of the opinion that there was confusion amongst a number of the members of the planning committee between the professional views expressed by the council's officers, the statutory consultees and Taylor Wimpey's consultant team and the matters raised by objectors.”
However a total of 590 comments, a large majority of them objections, have been recorded by the council so far, more than for the original application.
Angela Ballantyne, chairwoman of Keep Eaglescliffe Special, said: “The new planning application still does not address the reasons why it was refused last time. There is no continuity in the policies, practices, procedures and decisions made by Stockton Borough Council.”
The application will be debated at Stockton Tabernacle on Wednesday, November 13 at 1.30pm.
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