Costs worry for Malvern District Council after planning inspector backs new Tenbury development (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Costs worry for Malvern District Council after planning inspector backs new Tenbury development
12:37pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A SCHEME for up to 45 new houses on the outskirts of Tenbury can go ahead.
This follows the decision of a planning inspector to overturn the decision of Malvern Hills District Council to refuse the development on Oldwood Road.
The inspector was damning in her conclusion which slammed the council for "unreasonable behaviour resulting in unnecessary expense."
And council tax payers may face a hefty bill after the planning inspector also ruled that Malvern Hills District Council will have to pay costs.
The developer will now have to submit costs which could run into many tens of thousands of pounds.
A scheme to build the estate of up to 45 homes, 12 of which are designated as affordable and six of them for rent was thrown out by planners.
However, after hearing the appeal the inspector Julia Gregory ruled that the Council had acted unreasonably.
The developer successfully contested the refusal that included a view that the scheme would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area.
Julia Gregory also found that Malvern Hills District Council had been wrong in claiming that it already had a five year land supply for future development.
Members of the planning committee refused the advice of their officers in turning down the application.
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