Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council supports controversial Bloor Homes development plans
VILLAGE leaders will not object to controversial bid to build 148 houses on land off Roman Way in Bourton-on-the-Water.
The parish council has flown in the face of local opposition against the proposed development by Bloor Homes behind the industrial park.
It has said the village "must play its part in delivering some significant development up to 2031."
And it is set to finalise a mammoth seven pages of comments on the scheme, including a raft of stringent conditions, to Cotswold District Council after its third and final planning committee meeting tonight.
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On the parish website, councillors have posted a three-page response to a letter opposing the application from pressure group Bourton Against Development (BAD), in a bid to explain its stance.
"There is so much opposition in the village to it we have to be very complete in why we are not objecting," said parish councillor Julian Stocker.
"I'm concerned we fully explain our reasons to the village."
The parish council opposed the previous application by developer Robert Hitchins for more than 100 houses between Station Road and the Fosseway, which was turned down by the district council.
Replying to BAD about Roman Way on the parish council's behalf, clerk Sue Cretney said: "The council is aware there are very strong feelings and emotions attached to this issue.
"While the council's decision appears to be contrary to the groups' aims it does not mean we are unsympathetic to many of the concerns expressed."
However, she said the council had to make its consideration strictly "within the framework of national and district planning policy".
She said: "Although we appreciate BAD has also based its concerns on a number of policy issues, there is undoubtedly also a greater degree of emotion involved."
BAD press officer Fiona Formby said the group was stunned by the council's position.
"We are genuinely shocked at the council's response," she said. "Aside from the infrastructure problems Bourton faces, we've not come across a single person that supports this application to make our village any bigger."