Planning appeal over 1,750 homes at Innsworth rejected

An appeal to build nearly 2,000 homes on the outskirts of Gloucester has been rejected.

A planning inquiry was called after Tewkesbury Borough Council refused the scheme for 1,750 houses at Drymeadow Lane in Innsworth.

The Secretary of State has ruled that the potential harm to the green belt and other considerations outweighed the benefits of new affordable housing.

Developer Robert Hitchin is taking advice on challenging the decision.

Affordable housing

Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson said he was very pleased with the result.

"I and many local people have been campaigning against the proposals because we feel it's a huge number of houses, it's on green belt land and it's close to areas which flood and we feel it would make that situation worse," he said.

A spokesman for the developer said: "Robert Hitchins Limited consider that the planning credentials of the site remain intact and is pleased to see that the Secretary of State has acknowledged a number of factors that weigh in favour of the proposal."

He said these included the provision of much-needed affordable housing and its sustainable location.

The spokesman added: "Robert Hitchins Limited is taking advice as to whether the Secretary of State's decision can be challenged through the courts and whether a further application for the proposed development should be submitted."

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