An application by Miller Homes to develop the former Coors Playing Field site was granted outline approval for up to 85 homes in February 2015 (ref: 30667/015). Following public consultation, including an exhibition of the developer’s proposals in July 2016, on 22nd December 2016, the EHDC Planning Committee approved the Reserved Matters application (ref: 30667/018). This included layout, scale, appearance, and landscaping – despite considerable opposition from The Alton Society, Alton Town Council, and individual residents. A major concern stems from a legal conflict over the validity and ‘weight’ given to the Neighbourhood Plan at outline stage in relation to such matters as visitor parking provision, and ATC is considering a legal challenge to the December 2016 planning decision.
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