Covenant from the 1930s forces Prestbury homes demolition

Houses being demolished
Image caption The covenant which affects part of the Presbury site dates back to the 1930s

Part of a new housing estate in Gloucestershire has been bulldozed following a victory by a group of residents in a planning battle.

Taylor Wimpey began building after getting planning permission for the site in Prestbury five years ago.

Campaigners claimed part of the land was protected by a covenant and said 24 homes had to go.

Taylor Wimpey said it was "implementing the works required in accordance with the decision of the land tribunal".

One-hundred houses have already been built by the company at the Noverton View site but the affected land was protected by a covenant dating back to the 1930s.

This stated no building should take place on the 1.8 acre plot of land to the south side of Mill Lane.

People living in the area say they now want the land to be used as a nature reserve.

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