Inspector backs appeal over 40 new homes


After a long wait for a decision, planning permission has been granted for the building of 40 homes in Stoke Hammond.

The planning application for land behind Brook Farm, Leighton Road, was originally submitted by the National Animal Welfare Trust on September 28, 2012, but was refused byAylesbury Vale District Council in the December of that year.

However, the trust appealed against the council’s decision and a hearing was held this year on February 5. Four months later and a government planninginspector has backed the appeal.

Inspector Richard Clegg said: “The construction of housing would contribute to growth, and it is likely that there would be additional support for local facilities from the residents of the new housing. Overall, I consider that it would represent a sustainable form of development.”

But concerns were raised by worried Stoke Hammond residents about the new families causing the local primary school to become oversubscribed.

Mr Clegg said: “That positiion is simply a snapshot and may not reflect the position by the time the houses would be built.”

The Highway Authority does not believe that that additonal traffic would impact the safety of drivers on Leighton Road, while the site would also provide 14 affordable homes.