Village’s ‘delight’ as developer abandons housing plan

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 September 2016

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Villagers in Claverham say they are looking forward to a ‘positive future’, after a developer scrapped its plans to build dozens of homes on green fields on the edge of the community.

Gladman applied for permission to build 70 homes off Chestnut Drive last year, but it withdrew its application at the end of last month.

The news was met with delight by members of the Claverham Future steering group, which has submitted an application to list one of Gladman’s chosen fields as a village green, in the hope this will protect it against future development.

Claverham Future’s chairman Nigel Cooper told the Mercury: “The news that the scheme off Chestnut Drive had been abandoned swept through Claverham and the surrounding villages, and was celebrated with a few pints in the village hall.

“Everyone is delighted and relieved. We can now concentrate on supporting sustainable development through our neighbourhood plan, which – along with the village green application – will improve our environment and allow us to concentrate on a positive future.”

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