We are pleased to report that the 26 bed PBSA application on the site of the closed Maximum Motors garage was refused at Planning Committee on 27 March, though it is unlikely that this will be the end of the matter as an appeal is expected. 

The planning officers had been minded to approve the application under delegated powers, but our councillors’ request that the application should be brought to Planning Committee was agreed, in no small part because of the large number of objections that had been received.

Well done to all who made their views known and brought about this action! According to the Planning Officer’s Report a total of 77 of the 80 representations submitted during the original or subsequent consultation period were objections, two neutral and only one in support.

Please read the Trust report of these proceedings and the very important implications for future action here.