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Developer Appeal succeeds in bid to build 300 New Homes

Gladman Developments has won its appeal against a refusal by Telford & Wrekin Council to grant planning permission to build over 300 homes north of Haygate Road in Wellington.

Planning inspector David Wildsmith recently issued a decision in favour of the developer.

The council had originally granted outline planning permission, but planning heads ordered a second look at the proposal, stating that Telford already had enough homes earmarked for the area.

At a hearing in February, the barrister representing Telford & Wrekin Council, said there was no need for a development which could cause “harm” to the area. He said there were other places more suitable for development purposes, adding: that the Gladman project was neither necessary or sustainable.

A representative of the Short Wood Primary School in Wellington said that the development would cause overcrowding in the local school system and could have a negative impact on education.

Upon being refused, Gladman appealed to the National Planning Inspectorate, claiming the Telford & Wrekin Council had taken too much time to reach a decision.

Hundreds of local residents had signed petitions to stop construction from taking place at Haygate Fields, which is close to the cricket club. A group of concerned citizens known as the Haygate Fields Group even carried out fundraising activities to pay for a barrister to help them fight the developer.


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Diane Treherne, one of the campaign group’s leaders, said they were sad that the appeal was upheld by the planning inspector. She added that planning permission for nearly 300 homes meant that Haygate Fields would soon vanish.

Ms. Treherne explained that Haygate Fields Group has done its utmost over the last three years to stop the development from commencing, but the final decision has been rendered by the inspector.

She said that they wanted to thank all of the group’s members and supporters for their dedicated work throughout the campaign.

In a report explaining his reasons for upholding the appeal, Mr. Wildsmith acknowledged that the development would have negative impacts such as agricultural land loss.

He pointed out the considerable benefits that would also apply, such as the government award of a £3m New Homes Bonus to the council.

Mr. Wildsmith added that in his opinion, the proposal’s adverse impacts would not substantially outweigh the benefits that the development represents.

“I therefore conclude that this proposal should be allowed,” he said.


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