De­vel­op­ers ap­peal against Tong­ham hous­ing re­fusal

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

AN ap­peal has been launched against the re­fusal of per­mis­sion for the build­ing of 63 homes on Grange Road in Tong­ham.

Last month Guild­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil threw out the scheme, which would have in­cluded 22 af­ford­able homes, with the ma­jor­ity of the devel­op­ment made up of three-bed­room prop­er­ties, as well as one sin­gle-bed, 17 two-bed and 14 four-bed­room homes.

The ap­peal by Glee­son Strate­gic Land, which was sub­mit­ted ear­lier this month, means Guild­ford’s rea­sons for re­fus­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion will now be scru­ti­nised by the na­tional plan­ning in­spec­torate.

Last month cam­paign­ers against build­ing on the tri­an­gle of land be­tween Grange Road and the A331 were given hope when a sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion for 56 homes on Grange Road was with­drawn af­ter plan­ning of­fi­cers rec­om­mended the scheme would be rec­om­mended for re­fusal.

Nick Sut­cliffe, a ward coun­cil­lor, said last month that the pres­ence of the draft lo­cal plan may al­ready have been caus­ing a chill in ap­pli­ca­tion for large-scale res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment in Tong­ham, ar­gu­ing that the vil­lage needed a greater num­ber of jobs rather than houses.

The lo­cal plan, which will set out the coun­cil’s devel­op­ment vi­sion in the bor­ough over the next 17 years, is cur­rently out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Lo­cal res­i­dents ob­ject to build­ing on the tri­an­gu­lar par­cel of land on the ba­sis that the traf­fic on Grange Road is al­ready ex­tremely bad at peak times and that the area is sus­cep­ti­ble to flood­ing.

The Poyle Road Cam­paign Group and Tong­ham Parish Coun­cil both ob­ject the 63home scheme.

An ap­peal hear­ing to de­cide the ap­pli­ca­tion will be held on Tues­day Septem­ber 9 at Guild­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Millmead of­fices in Guild­ford town cen­tre.

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