Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown formally objects to Stow-on-the-Wold development plans
COTSWOLDS MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has written to the Government to officially object to a new homes scheme for the first time since he was first elected.
Mr Clifton-Brown has written to Sir Mike Pitt, the chief executive of the planning inspectorate, formally objecting to 146 homes planned for the picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
It is the first time since he was first elected as Cotswolds MP in 1991 that Mr Clifton-Brown has formally objected to any development.
Bovis Homes Ltd plan to build 146 homes on land to the east of Griffin Close, near Oddington Road in Stow.
Chairman of Stow Town Council, Alun White, said he was very pleased to have the support of his local MP.
“Geoffrey Clifton-Brown chaired a public meeting back in May and has been very supportive,” Mr White said. “He is very proud of the character of the market town and its constituency. The development will be a blot on the landscape.”
More than 200 people attended the public meeting, which included representatives from Bovis Homes Ltd, and many residents voiced their concerns about the potential development.
Mr Clifton-Brown said this week that the application was totally out of place.
“The town of Stow has a wonderful historic square with limited parking and facilities, which makes it undesirable to absorb the current number of houses planned,” he explained.
“If localism means anything, the planning inspector should listen to the vast majority of my constituents in Stow, who do not want this development.”
Residents’ group Save Our Stow has said in the past that the development would place too much pressure on schools and doctors’ surgeries in the town.
Concerns have also been raised about the lack of employment opportunities in the town.
Bovis Homes Ltd has appealed against Cotswold District Council’s non-determination of the original application as the authority failed to reach a decision within the allotted time frame. The appeal will be heard on the January 7 and residents are hoping Mr Clifton-Brown’s intervention may influence the decision.
“We hope the inspector reaches the right decision,” said Cllr White. “We’ll have to wait and see what he comes up with.”