A LONGSTANDING Stroud Conservative who campaigned against overdevelopment in Cam has spoken of his disappointment after losing out in the local election.

Brian Tipper, who had been on Stroud District Council since 2007, lost his seat along with that of his running mate Victoria Gray to Labour in the Cam East ward.

Labour’s Ian Hamilton and Milly Hill polled 662 and 583 respectively ahead of the Tories who each reached 513 and 422.

Meanwhile,  Green candidates Anna Bonallack and Steven Chernocke Naumann received 209 and 132 with Liberal Democrat Richard Wilsher picking up 121 votes.

Mr Tipper, who still represents the Cam Valley division on Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m very disappointed.

“One of my main objectives was to stop further development in Cam.

“Cam Parish Council agreed to have 450 houses built, more than double that has been built.

“That was all on non-local plan zones. Basically, the plans on the left hand side of Box Road are not in the local plan.”

Cllr Tipper said he believes he only missed a handful of meetings while he was a District Councillor and he was hoping for four more years.

“I was hoping to do my 20 years,” he said. “I’ve done my 16 at the County Council.”