'Totally unacceptable' - campaigners 'angry' as housing appeal decision is delayed yet again

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 November 2017

Farleigh Fields. Picture: Jeremy Long

Farleigh Fields. Picture: Jeremy Long

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A decision about whether 220 homes should be built in Backwell has been delayed again.

Backwell Parish Council and Backwell Residents’ Association spent £60,000 opposing plans for 220 homes to be built on Farleigh Fields.

A decision was expected from Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on Tuesday.

The decision has been deferred until January 18, 10 months after the appeal was heard.

MORE: Backwell still ‘in the firing line’ for more houses as Government minister delays appeal decision again.

The delay is due to a judicial review over neighbourhood plans, which guide house-building, and the implications the review could have for Backwell.

A parish council spokesman said members were ‘disappointed and angry’ over the delay and consider the wait to be ‘totally unacceptable’.

The residents’ association and parish council have appealed the decision but do not expect it to change anything.

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