Unanimous vote against Wates proposal for Forty Acre Field - but the fight goes on...

Friday 21st August 2020

An application by Wates to build 250 houses on the Forty Acre Field off the A20 was defeated at the Area 3 Planning Committee in July by 14 votes to 4. Wates appealed to the Secretary of State on the grounds that the application had not been decided in time.

To avoid the expense of an appeal the Borough Council's planning officers had sought authority for the Director of Planning to agree the application on condition only that Wates drop the appeal and submit their application again. In this scenario there would be no further consultation of possibility of intervention by the public.

The area of the Forty Acre Field was intended to be part of the extended green belt. If this planning permission is granted, it is likely that the green belt proposal will be rejected by the Inspector later this year.

At the meeting on 20 August, however, the vote went unanimously against the proposal, recognizing the strength of local opinion and the risk to the plans for extension of the green belt.

Fighting the appeal will be expensive, and the parish council has launched a crowdfunding appeal

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