Council seeks legal challenge to Tetbury housing plans

A legal challenge is being planned by councillors to stop the development of almost 290 homes in Gloucestershire.

Cotswold District Council has announced it intends to seek a judicial review of the government's decision to allow "extensive house building" in Tetbury.

The two sites, at Berrells Road and Highfield Farm, were refused planning permission by the authority last year.

But in February, following an appeal, the planning inspector gave permission for 289 homes to be built on the sites.

Councillor Nick Parsons said the authority believes there are "reasonable grounds for a judicial review".

"We think we have a valid case," he said.

"Both in terms of the approach the Planning Inspectorate has taken towards the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in relation to major housing development, and also their consideration of the overall number of houses required.

"We are particularly concerned that the Planning Inspectorate assessed that Cotswold District Council as a 'persistent under deliverer of housing' because this view is completely at odds with the evidence."

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