A PLANNING application to build 150 new homes in Minchinhampton has been withdrawn.

Archstone Land Ltd and Redrow Homes Ltd had submitted plans for houses at Glebe Farm and Tobacconist Farm, 45 of which would be affordable properties.

The proposals included land for a new doctor’s surgery, a public open space for a community orchard or allotments and a series of financial contributions.

But the SNJ understands the developer made a request to officially withdraw the application on Thursday.

The decision came as welcome news to community action group Save Glebe Farm, which had strongly opposed the plans from the outset.

Its chair, Phil Raby Smith, said: “This application so clearly breached the policies of Stroud's Local Plan and was so unpopular that its withdrawal comes as no surprise. 

“However, we're sure we have not heard the last of this proposal. 

“We will ensure that the voice of Minchinhampton's community continues to be heard as the parish develops its Neighbourhood Plan, which must deliver a framework for growth agreed by residents."

Minchinhampton Parish Council unanimously objected to the plans at a meeting on January 11.

More than 650 people had also objected to the application online, with over 90 per cent of them from within the parish.

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