COUNCIL chiefs say they are winning the battle against planning appeals.
The number of appeals dismissed by Stratford District Council has increased over the past 18 months, while the number allowed has fallen. In the first seven months of this year 45 appeals were dismissed and 12 allowed, compared to 24 dismissed and 26 allowed in the same period last year.
District community spokeswoman Coun Sarah Whalley-Hoggins said: “This is definitely a welcome trend for the district and shows the importance of having an adopted core strategy and a strong and up-to-date five year land supply, with both policies being instrumental in defending appeals against developers.
“The district council is determined to build the right homes in the right places for our communities and we will continue to fight speculative development on sites which are not the most suitable or preferred, whilst ensuring that there is appropriate housing growth.”