Developer 'moves goal posts' before appeal
DEVELOPER Gladman have announced it will fight for permission to build fewer homes than it originally planned at the gateway to Slad Valley.
The company said it had amended its controversial scheme on land off Summer Street in Stroud from 140 to 112 homes ahead of a planning appeal next month.
The company says the hearing before a government inspector would now also be about building over a smaller area – four hectares instead of five.
Save Slad Valley campaigners are furious the goal posts have been moved.
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Spokesman Phil Coysh said: "We are unhappy the planning inspector has agreed to hear the appeal based on the new line, which according to the rules he should not do."
Save Slad Valley chairman Andy Dickinson added: "We will be asking Stroud MP Neil Carmichael to intervene."
The appeal is set to start on October 15 and last eight days.