June 6th 2017
With the Mill Lane appeal hearing about to take place Cllr Malcolm Stennett thinks readers will be interested in the following Press Release from the Prestbury Action Group and PEP-s Net Group.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.JUNE 6 2017
PRESTBURY ACTION GROUP AND PEPS-NET JOIN FORCES TO PROTECT PRESTBURY AND SOUTHAM’S HISTORIC SPECIAL LANDSCAPE AREA AND ADJOINING AONB.
Following developer Gleeson’s appeal to overturn Tewkesbury Council’s decision to reject development of Prestbury’s Special Landscape Area, The PAG and PEPS-NET will be jointly represented at a Planning Inspectorate Hearing on June 13th and 14th by Dr. Geoff Beardmore.
The application to build 76 houses on this protected land lying between the Cotswold’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Prestbury’s historic Conservation Area was overwhelmingly rejected by the Council, but Gleeson immediately submitted an appeal. This will be heard by government inspector Mr. David Richards on June 13/14 at Tewkesbury.
Dr. Geoff Beardmore, Chairman of the PAG said:
”The decision to re-form the Prestbury Action Group was not undertaken lightly”.
”Local campaign group CoRADICAL, formed last year to fight the initial application, will be ‘Leading the Charge’ but it is important to show there is almost unanimous local opposition to these proposals”
Matthew Parker, Chairman of PEPS-NET said:
”If Gleeson’s appeal were to be successful, it would have a devastating effect on Prestbury’s and Southam’s landscape and heritage. Whether or not the council can demonstrate a 5-year supply of building land at the moment, there is no need to build at such a locally and nationally important location.”
The PAG was first established over 30 years ago to protect the landscape around the village, and PEPS-NET took over the role in 2011. Both groups have consistently warned of the risks of development at this unique site over the past 17 years.