40-plus home development proposed
By Andrew Merrell | 17th January 2020
A housing developer has plans to more than double the number of properties is building in a Gloucestershire village.
Bristol-based Redcliffe Homes already has a show home in action for its 35 new-build homes near to the village of Ashleworth, which it is currently completing.
The three, four and five bedroom homes are on the market for between £499,000 to £599,995.
But new plans have now been filed with Tewkesbury Borough Council for 42 homes more homes on land adjoining the site at Nup End, currently described as "open pasture".
The outline application is for "up to 42 dwellings including access and associated works (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping to be reserved for future consideration)".
An accompanying report from Cotswolds Archaeology concluded there was a "low potential for the site to contain any significant previously unrecorded belowground archaeological remains".
And another report by D2 Planning Ltd, submitted along with the application, refers planners to the earlier decision on the initial 35 homes and a comment by the planning inspector made on September 8, 2016.
"I have found that the proposal lies outside the village of Ashleworth where the policies of the development plan restrict housing.
"However, as there is no five-year supply of housing land these policies are out-of-date.
"Therefore planning permission should be granted unless any adverse impacts of so doing would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.
"There are a number of economic benefits of the proposed development which weigh in favour of the development. I give them significant weight."
He also outlined what he saw as "social benefits" and economic benefits to the facilities in the nearby village
While he acknowledged "there would be a detrimental urbanising effect on the appeal site, the effects of this would be localised and would not impinge markedly on the overall character of the Severn Vale."
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