Greedy developers who try to game the planning system to squeeze in extra houses at the last minute have found little patience from sceptical Wellington councillors.
The town council were discussing an application from Strongvox to add four more houses to the new estate being built at Tone Mill. It came in the same week as news that the builders about to start work at Jurston Farm hope to add another 17 homes to their 600-house project.
“Yet again we’re being asked to approve major changes after approval has been given,” complained an exasperated Cllr Janet Lloyd.
She was supported by Cllr Andy Govier who said: “It feels like whenever a number is agreed for a site we know that somewhere down the line the developer will say ‘Oh, we’ve found room for a few more houses.’
“This creeping development was exactly what happened at Cades Farm where we found they wanted 100 more units.”
Councillors unanimously recommended refusal of the application to expand numbers at Tone Mill.