Gloucestershire

Stow-on-the-Wold housing plans lack services

Stow-on-the-Wold Town Council has made a formal objection against plans to build 146 new homes in the area.

The plans, from developer Bovis Homes, are for Oddington Road.

In a statement Bovis Homes said areas like Stow-in-the-Wold were suffering from an "acute housing shortage", especially for young people.

But the town council said while affordable homes were needed, the plans lacked adequate services for the amount of homes proposed.

In a letter to Cotswold District Council, which is considering the planning application, the town council said it also believed the application was "disproportionate" to the housing needs of the community.

'Affordable housing'

Chris Turner, chair of planning, said: "Basically they would be a village on their own and they have no shops provided, no facilities provided and so therefore we will have a continual queue of traffic coming to and from this particular site."

The town council has now recommended the district council invites Bovis to withdraw the application and submit a revised version.

Bovis Homes said in a statement: "Half of the new homes within these proposals will be designated as affordable housing to be made available to people whose current needs are not being met by the local open housing market.

"The feedback we have witnessed indicates this is a significant section of the Stow community."

Cotswold District Council said it was still considering the plans.

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