Wait goes on over 220-home Backwell appeal as decision is delayed again

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 February 2018

Farleigh Fields in Backwell.

Farleigh Fields in Backwell.

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A housing appeal decision has been delayed again.

Campaigners in Backwell have been waiting since May last year to find out if 220 homes will be built on Farleigh Fields.

But the outcome has been delayed a number of times, firstly because Government minister Sajid Javid chose to make the final decision and then because a High Court judgement was pending.

The case rested on whether neighbourhood plans, documents created by communities to outline where they think homes should be built, should be given as much weight where there is not a five-year housing supply.

The case was decided in favour of a Government document giving weight to neighbourhood plans.

The parties in the Farleigh Fields case will now have a chance to consider the updated planning guidance and make representations before Mr Javid makes his decision, which is due on March 28.

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