PLANS to build nine new homes on the site of the former Victoria Works pub in Studley have been given the go-ahead after the developer, Grayston Nixon, took the case to appeal.
The planning inspector found in favour of the applicant and awarded costs, yet to be determined, against Stratford District Council.
In August 2017 Studley Parish Council had objected to the proposal, citing over-development of the site, lack of sufficient parking, front doors of four of the houses opening directly onto the pavement, and the impact of the amount of soil that would have to be removed from the site.
The authority was backed by District Councillor Justin Kerridge who also raised concerns over the lack of parking and poor privacy.
Despite the scheme being recommended for approval by the planning officer, the planning committee voted to refuse permission.
The proposal, for four three-bed homes, three two-bed homes and two single storey one-bed homes with 11 parking spaces between them, was then taken to appeal by Grayston Nixon and the scheme has been given the go-ahead.
In his submission for costs, the developer said Stratford council had acted unreasonably and failed to determine the application within the guidelines of best practice.
“The inspector made the commonsense decision,” said Mr Nixon.
“The application was actually supported by the planning officer but the councillors decided to go against his advice.”