Cotswold council loses Tetbury housing legal challenge

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A council has lost a High Court challenge against a government decision to build almost 300 houses in the Cotswolds.

Cotswold District Council wanted to overturn the decision by the secretary of state for 289 new homes in Tetbury.

The authority had refused permission to build on Berrells Road and Highfield Farm, but this was overturned last February by the Planning Inspectorate.

The council said it was "disappointed but not surprised with the judgement".

Councillor Nick Parsons said they had not yet been able to "study the judgment in full with our advisers".

"We always knew that it would be an uphill struggle," he said.

"We did, however, believe that it was right and important to challenge the secretary of state over the imposition of a 20% increase on an already challenging five year supply of developable housing sites within the district."

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