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Council leader warns Alderton housing fight is far from over

Alderton residents are being warned that they may have won a battle against developers but they haven’t won the war.

It follows two housing estates planned for the small village near Winchcombe being thrown out by appeal inspectors.

Freeman Homes’ bid to build 60 homes off St Margaret’s Drive and Edward Ware Homes’ proposal for 53 west of Willow Road have been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.

But the village is still likely to see more development.

On top of 47 new houses that are already being built in Beckford Road by Charles Church Developments, Banner Homes’ application to build 24 houses east of Willow Bank Road has been allowed on appeal.

Parish council chairman Keith Page has been one of the key figures in the village fighting development because he believes too many houses could ruin the rural nature of Alderton.

And while 71 new homes being approved rather than 184 is a much better result than he had expected, he is still feeling cautious.

He said: “It will still be a 37 per cent increase in the number of houses in the village.

“I don’t believe any of them (the developers who had plans rejected) have gone away. They may come back in the fullness of time.

“We’ve won a battle but we haven’t won the war and it’s not going to be a seven-day war, it’s going to be a 20-year or 100-year war.”

Meanwhile, another village in Tewkesbury borough will see a new housing estate built that many objected too.

Hundreds of people were against Persimmon Homes’ plans for 60 houses on land next to Cornerways in High Street, Twyning, because they said it would spoil its character, overlook existing houses and exacerbate flooding problems.

But planning inspector Pete Drew has granted permission, saying: “There are no adverse impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme, which include the prospect of early implementation in order to meet the urgent housing need in the area.”

Twyning Parish Council chairman Denis Murray said the result was “disappointing”.

He said it all boiled down to Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lack of a five-year supply of housing sites – meaning developers in villages such as Twyning had a good chance of building homes even when local people did not want them.

A consolation for Twyning, he said, was that a condition of the development was that people could not live in the houses until sewer systems serving them had been improved.

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