TWC/2013/0928 Phase 1 -Land off Wellington Road Newport

We object to the plans for Phase 1 of the scheme as currently presented.
Our objection is based on the decision by Secretary of State Eric Pickles, issued on 26 November 2013, regarding. a scheme by Persimmon Homes (i.e. the same developer as for TWC/2013/0928) for 203 housing units in Colne, Lancashire, where Secreatary of State Eric Pickles found that the scheme fell ‘..significantly short of expectations for high quality design..’. In this regard he found ‘..little evidence to connect the housing into its countryside setting..’ contrary to the requirements in NPPF.
Although T&W have recently massively reduced the housing land supply from circa 14 years to 2.5 years for reasons still not properly explained and/or justified, the Secretary. of State said that where the local authority for the area including Colne, had also less than a 5 year housing land supply, the proposals were, nevertheless, ‘.. relatively unsustainable because of failings with the design approach..’.
He concluded that the adverse impacts of the scheme ‘..significantly and demonstrably..’ out weighed the benefits and that the scheme would not, therefore, meet the tests as regards the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
We assert that the same principles taken by Secretary of State Eric Pickles, apply to this reserved matters application and that the applicant should be instructed to withdraw the application. In the event that it is not withdrawn, the officer recommendation to the T&W Plans Committee should be to reject the application for the reasons set out above and the detailed reasons given by Secretary of State Eric Pickles in his November 2013 decision.
We also note that the comments from Newport Town Council dated 20 December 2013, express similar concerns both as to how the scheme fails to relate to its surroundings and plus the issues raised by what the Town Council references as ‘…outdated design methods…’.
It is also noted that the Telford and Wrekin Council, Planning & Transport Development Plans & Sustainability Environmental Projects Unit have raised objections.

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