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Campaigners celebrate planning rejection
8:14am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after two controversial proposals for 460 new homes in Chard were thrown out by planners.
But they are now waiting to find out if developers, David Wilson Homes and Mactaggart & Mickel will appeal to the Government-backed Planning Inspectorate to get the decisions by South Somerset District Council overturned.
Several hundred people attended last Wed-nesday’s key Area West planning meeting at Holyrood Academy.
Councillors took 2½ hours to oppose a scheme to build 350 homes and relocate Chard Town FC to Mount Hindrance Farm on the outskirts of Chard, put forward by Mactaggart & Mickel, and a 110-home development east of Crimchard, by David Wilson Homes.
There were cheers and clapping from the public gallery as both planning applications were rejected, but during the debates it was stated that it was more than likely the developers will appeal against the decisions.
Cllr Nigel Mermagen said: “I’d just like to give people a warning that the decisions taken at this council meeting won’t be the end of it.”
He said Chard was a “tiny pebble” in the bigger picture where housing was being encouraged nationally.
Council leader Cllr Ric Pallister has said he thinks the council would stand a good chance of winning any appeal.
He said: “I don’t share the pessimism of Cllr Mermagen – we have some seriously strong reasons to object.
“There’s nothing to be gained from these developments with regards to employment. They’re not sustainable.”
James Edwards, speaking on behalf of Mac-taggart & Mickel, had argued that their proposals were sustainable, but nobody from David Wilson Homes spoke at the meeting.
The News was waiting to hear from both dev-elopers yesterday (Tuesday) as to whether they would appeal – see chardandilminster news.co.uk for updates.
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