The application submitted by Eastendhomes to the SDC Meeting was finally laid to rest.
The Strategic Development Committee Members had voted against the plans at previous meetings for at least four reasons. Yet again, the Planning Department decided their own course of action and offered only one reason – the loss of open space.
They tried to justify this by claiming that the other three reasons were not strong enough to withstand a legal challenge.
The Committee Members fortunately saw through this and pushed officers to
give a full report on all four reasons to be voted on by members. These
- Loss of open space
- Not enough provision of social housing
- Loss of car parking (especially disabled car parking)
- Amenity and design
A vote was taken and – after a mis-count! – the Committee decided 3-2 to
reject the application on all four counts.
The best result we could hope for!
We now await EastendHomes’ response.