Thatcham, Berkshire after a planning inspector gave the go-ahead, has gone
to the high court in London.
council's decision last June to adopt the West Berkshire Local Plan and to
refuse Bellway's application for planning permission for the construction of 550 dwellings with garages, parking, access roads, community facilities and landscaping at Siege Cross Farm, Thatcham.
The court was told that planning permission had been refused by the council
on the basis that it expected a site at Thatcham MoD Depot would become
available to provide a similar number of dwellings within the Plan period
and that in the circumstances there was a reduction in the need to allocate
The council's decision reversed an earlier recommendation by a planning
inspector to allow the development. The inspector had rejected claims by
Thatcham Town Council that further large scale development would have an
unacceptable impact on local services.
In the high court Reuben Taylor, counsel for Bellway argued that in
deciding not to accept the recommendation of the inspector the council acted perversely and exceeded the powers conferred on it by Part II of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
He said the council had based its estimate of housing demand on figures
derived from Regional Guidance produced by the government in 1994 and had
not taken into account the additional demand for housing that had arisen in
the area as a result of the grant of planning permission for a number of
commercial developments in the area, particularly the Vodafone Headquarters.
The hearing continues.
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