500 new homes given go-ahead on Prince Charles's doorstep
By Fontofall55 | Thursday, February 21, 2013, 15:13
Bitterly disappointed: The Mayor of Tetbury, Rob McCorkell.
Prince Charles's picturesque rural idyll is under siege after planning was approved for three sprawling housing estates in Tetbury, thanks to a shake-up of planning law.
More than 500 new homes will be built there, with one development well within sight of the Prince's Highgrove House home.
âÂÂ¿ÂÂ¿Developers had fought and lost a bid for planning permission for homes on a plot of land one mile from his estate for the last 25 years.
Councillors repeatedly rejected plans for the site and another greenfield spot in Tetbury – but this decision has now been overturned by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
A third plot, on an old brownfield site, had already been approved by councillors.
This means builders will start erecting 436 homes and 50 care apartments within weeks.
Protesters have now written to Prince Charles in a last ditch attempt to stop developers from moving in.
Tetbury Mayor Rob McCorkell said of the new housing: "I am bitterly disappointed by this decision."