A HOUSING developer, whose proposal to build in Coalpit Heath was rejected, is to launch an appeal.

Barratt Homes’ outline application for the “Blackberry Park” development on land at Woodlands Farm was refused back in August 2017 by South Gloucestershire’s development control (east) planning committee.

The plans, for 215 new homes, had first been submitted in February, but following concerns about the impact the site would have on the village, they were resubmitted in June, with several design changes.

The proposals were refused again, in spite of the adjustments.

Now Barratt are set to appeal that decision at a public inquiry.

South Gloucestershire Cllr Claire Young, who represents the Westerleigh ward, said: “For the hundreds of people who objected to the application, this will not be a welcome start to the new year.

“It’s very disappointing that after two applications have been refused by the council, Barratts are trying to get permission again.”

Chris Dolling of Barratt Homes said: “We have reviewed our position and maintain our view that the site presents a suitably sustainable location for new residential development.

"This view was shared by the planning officer who recommended that the planning application for 215 homes at the site should be granted permission, which demonstrates South Gloucestershire Council’s acceptance of the site as a sustainable location to accommodate new residential development.

“Since the committee refusal, we have received further expert planning and legal advice. On the basis of this we have decided to submit an appeal to the planning inspectorate.”