TAYLOR Wimpey has said it will pay a financial contribution towards Kingswood Village Hall but is continuing its appeal on a larger housing scheme.

The developer has confirmed that it will pay £10,000 to the Kingswood community as part of its planning consent to build 27 homes on land at Chestnut Park.

The application was given approval by Stroud District Council last month on the condition Taylor Wimpey gave the village £10,000 to help pay for the refurbishment of its village hall.

Patricia Broadfoot, chairman of Keep Kingswood A Village launched to fight Taylor Wimpey over its applications to build in the village, said: "We had a meeting and it was billed as celebration. We were not able to get the decision we wanted but we have succeeded in imposing a large number of conditions on the application."

However, Ms Broadfoot said concern remained over whether Taylor Wimpey would pursue its appeal over a refusal for a larger housing estate.

Earlier this year Stroud District Council refused an application for 37 homes at Chestnut Park and Taylor Wimpey appealed – the appeal is due to be heard in the New Year.

Ms Broadfoot said because campaigners and the parish council were pursuing a judicial review over the district council’s handling of the 27-home application Taylor Wimpey wanted to keep all its options open.

She said: "We have been told that while there is still a possibility of judicial review Taylor Wimpey will not withdraw the appeal."

Planning bosses at Stroud District Council confirmed that they were still preparing for the appeal.

A spokesperson from Taylor Wimpey said: "We can confirm that a contribution of £10,000 will be made to Stroud District Council as part of the Section 106 agreement for Chestnut Park in Kingswood which will help to fund works to the village hall.

"The planning consent will be released once the S106 has been completed therefore the appeal for the 37 home scheme cannot yet be withdrawn."