The Humble Petition of residents of Bozeat, Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas,
That the Petitioners believe that the proposed planning application for 75 new houses outside, but adjacent to the village of Bozeat—planning application reference WP/14/00369/OUT—is unacceptable, because it would increase the size of the village by nearly 10% and would put further strain on public services and utilities that are already inadequate.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Department for Communities and Local Government to encourage the Borough Council of Wellingborough to reject the current planning application.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.—[Presented by Mr Peter Bone, Official Report, 10 November 2014; Vol. 587, c. 1273.]
Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:
The Borough Council of Wellingborough is responsible for the day to day planning of their area. However, as they failed to determine the above planning application (reference WP/14/00369/OUT), within the prescribed time limits set out in law, the Appellant (Gladman Developments Ltd ), on 17 October 2014, exercised their statutory right of appeal, on the grounds of non-determination, under Section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The appeal is being handled by the Planning Inspectorate and an Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, will consider the proposals, and all the evidence both for and against, at a local inquiry on a date to be confirmed. Interested persons will be welcome to attend the inquiry and at the discretion of the Inspector to express their views.
On 29 October 2014, the Council notified interested parties of the appeal and invited them to submit any comments on the proposals to the Planning Inspectorate by 10 December 2014. Any views submitted by this date will be taken into account before the appeal is decided.
It would not be appropriate for Ministers or the Secretary of State to comment on the merits of the proposals, as to do so could prejudice the Inspector’s consideration of the appeal, however any comments submitted within the appropriate timescales will be taken into account before the appeal is decided.