Labour Cllr Elaine Wales has called on a developer to withdraw their planning appeal over the contentious Salden Chase application after claiming that developers have misled the inspector over their evidence.
Cllr Wales has led a vociferous campaign against the development of new houses on the border of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire due to concerns over bad design, pressure on MK services and traffic issues.
Councillors on MK Council refused the application on the Milton Keynes side of the border due to traffic and road design issues but Conservative councillors in Buckinghamshire have approved the plans, making the Milton Keynes objection the last thing stopping unacceptable growth on the borders of Bletchley.
The developer appealed to the planning inspector, however at the last moment before the hearing the developer submitted over 1400 new pages of evidence. The hearing was postponed until February.
However, now officers in the MK Council planning team have discovered that the developer appears to have misled the inspector and made significant changes to the road and roundabout designs and not declaring them as vastly different to those the committee at MK Council rejected. Milton Keynes Council has now asked the inspector to throw out the appeal as they believe that it should heard again in a new application to Milton Keynes Council.
Cllr Wales said: “Salden Chase would be a blot on the edge of Milton Keynes. I’ve always opposed it and was happy when Milton Keynes Council stopped it, despite Bucks Conservatives pushing for it and approving it.”
She continued: “Now we find out that the developer is playing games and it looks like they are not being upfront with their evidence in the appeal. It looks like they’d try any tactic to get their way. Our planning team at MKC have done a good job in spotting them trying to slip something through in a mountain of paperwork.”
She concluded: “I’m now calling for the appeal to be withdrawn or kicked out. A new application should be submitted and we can make our points again that Buckinghamshire Conservatives should not be dumping their housing on Milton Keynes border.”