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Appeal: Javid approves 2,025 homes despite flood threat

Sajid Javid

The communities secretary has approved 2,025 homes on former green belt land in Gloucester that was badly flooded in 2007, ruling that environmental concerns were ‘not insurmountable’ and could be mitigated through planning conditions.

Developer Robert Hitchins submitted two parallel applications in July 2015, proposing 1,300 homes in Innsworth, a suburb of Gloucester, and another 725 homes in Twigworth, a village one mile to the north, as well as various ancillary development including schools, community centres and offices. After Tewkesbury Borough Council failed to reach a decision in time, both plans were assessed at a........
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