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Tetbury housing legal challenge by council

Councillors who rejected plans for new homes in the Cotswolds before being overruled by the government have taken their fight to the High Court.

Cotswold District Council sought a judicial review after the government permitted 289 homes for Tetbury.

The authority refused permission to build on Berrells Road and Highfield Farm, but this was overturned in February by the Planning Inspectorate.

The two-day review is being heard at the High Court in Birmingham.

'Value green space'

Neither the government nor the council said it would comment while the case is ongoing.

Independent councillor for Tetbury, Stephen Hirst said: "The pros are that it's on a site adjacent to other housing and it's on the correct side of town for traffic to travel out of town.

"The con of course, is that it's the loss of three or four fields of green - you should value green space.

"Cotswold District Council is challenging the Secretary of State's decision to approve some planning applications.

"They're also challenging the fact that they've been instructed to have a 20% added buffer on the housing allocation number."

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