Gladman’s planning application was heard at the Planning Control Committee meeting on February 12th and was thrown out in super quick time with a unanimous decision to refuse. The committee heard from Sean Bennett who outlined the plan and was recommending the application for refusal. The committee also heard from Steve Parkin, who spoke on behalf of the Parish Council. Steve reminded the committee of the increase in housing stock in the village over the last 4 years, of the flooding and safety concerns at the site of the access road in Blackwell end and made reference to the lack of infrastructure and sustainability of the proposal. The committee also heard from Sarah Hodgkins, who spoke on behalf of the residents of Potterspury. Sarah focused on the traffic issues on the local roads, as well as education, flooding and the impact to Pathfinder Cottage. She also made the committee aware of the value of this land to the residents and the potential impact on the village of losing it. The meeting was also attended by Judith Millidge, Jane Roberts and Lis Saunders. Gladman were noticable by their absence.
Two committee members spoke out about the speculative nature of these types of application and why it is imperative for SNC to keep their 5 year Land Supply up to date. It was clear they were as shocked by this application as Potterspury has been. In a stark contract to the previous applications heard, the committee voted unanimously in just a few minutes to refuse this application.
So Potterspury have won the first battle and we should all congratulate ourselves on a job well done; but we must also be aware that Gladman will almost certainly appeal and that is when the battle really starts. Over 300 objection letters were received by the Council, overwhelming their systems, that is almost 50% of the households in the village. Thank you to everyone who wrote.
In the meantime, please continue to take photographs of any traffic and flooding issues you see on your travels as these will be needed.
Thanks to everyone who has helped in any way.