A legal challenge to stop 1,000 new homes being built in Bishop's Cleeve's Homelands Farm and Cleevelands has failed.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 1,000 new homes in Bishop's Cleeve will go ahead, after a High Court judge turned down an appeal to block the development.
Tewkesbury Borough Council has lost its fight to stop developer Comparo building 450 homes at Homelands Farm, and Welbeck Strategic Land creating 550 properties at Cleevelands.
And work on the developments is now set to start in the next few months.
The council went to the High Court for a judicial review in a bid to overturn a Government inspector's decision to grant permission for both developments.
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Councillors and residents opposed the developments because they believed they would put too much strain on services and existing infrastructure in Bishop's Cleeve.
However, after hearing the case at the Administrative Court in Birmingham on February 12 and 13, Mr Justice Males yesterday announced his decision to uphold the Government decision.
It means the community is now powerless to stop proposals that so many fought so hard to prevent. Bishop's Cleeve parish councillor Peter Badham said he was not surprised by the judgement and commended the borough council for trying.
He said: "The parish council has fought against these proposals venomously.
"From our point of view, it just seems too much development. I do not know how the village is going to cope with the infrastructure – it's ridiculous.
"I don't know how we will cope with 2,000 more cars every day and the traffic during the development will be horrendous.
"I know we can't live in the past, but it's such a beautiful piece of land."
Tewkesbury Borough Council leader Robert Vines said: "We are disappointed with this outcome and we will now carefully consider what the judge has said in his decision.
"What is clear is that the Localism Act has not delivered what was expected and suggested by the Government when it was introduced, which was to remove top-down planning and to transfer power to communities."
The developments were turned down by the council, but the Secretary of State overturned the decision on appeal.
Welbeck Strategic Land is behind the proposals to create 550 homes at Cleevelands.
Development surveyor Andrew Smith said the company was pleased with the decision and work would start on delivering the homes and community facilities in the coming months.
A spokesman from Comparo, behind the plans for 450 homes at the Homelands 2 site, added: "The decision confirms the need for new housing in the Bishop's Cleeve area. It's a pity the legal challenges have delayed the start of building work, but, as owners of Homelands, we are ready to move quickly to the next planning stage and then to get on site."