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Challenge the unfair decision to build 54 new houses in Hook Norton

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An application to build 54 new homes on the Sibford Road was made some time ago, and rejected by Cherwell.  Gladman Homes appealed, and the appeal was called in by the Secretary of State due to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan clearly states:

Policy HN – H1 of the Hook Norton Neighbourhood Plan states:

“To maintain a sustainable community, proposals for up to 20 dwellings may be permitted where this does not result in more than 20 dwellings being built in any location at any time, taking into account any extant permissions.”

In paragraph 16 of the Secretary of State’s  decision notice he states that this policy is ambiguous, and therefore building 54 homes in one location at one time is only in ‘limited conflict’ with this policy and therefore this can be ignored.

To many of the villagers who voted overwhelmingly for this plan, this is one of the key policies in the plan. The concern is that this now sets a precedent, and any future developer can propose to develop sites with as many houses as they wish, in direct contravention of policy HN-H1, and know that the policy will be effectively over-ruled. 

The Town and Country Planning Act section 288,  makes provision for an application to the High Court for permission to challenge the validity of this decision.  It is vitally important for the future of the Hook Norton that an application is made.

We urge Cherwell District Council to challenge this decision in the High Court.



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