VILLAGERS have lost their fight to prevent new homes being built on Tiddington Fields.
The site – on land off Oak Road – has been owned by Clifford Chambers Charities and enjoyed by villagers for nearly 300 years.
But after becoming the target of developers, who were looking to build 60 homes there, villagers were prompted to form campaign group Save Tiddington Fields – Oppose Planning (STOP) to fight the plans.
Residents feared the extra homes would only add to the village’s existing traffic problems and rallied together in a bid to save the historic fields from Warwick-based Gallagher’s Estates.
The application was due to be discussed at a meeting last month with officers having recommended the scheme be given the go-ahead.
But the item was withdrawn at the last minute following a new objection from the Highways Authority.
The proposal has since been re-assessed and although planning chiefs admit there would be an increase in traffic, they say the impact would not be ‘severe’ enough to warrant refusing the application.
And members of Stratford District Council’s planning committee followed officers’ recommendations – giving the scheme the go-ahead at a meeting on Thursday (October 16).
* PLANS could be in the pipeline for up to 98 new homes in Kineton.
Bloor Homes Midlands has applied to Stratford District Council for permission to build the homes on land off Southam Road.
The developer is also looking to create public open space, allotments, car parking and associated infrastructure.
The proposals are currently undergoing a period of public consultation with the application expected to be considered before the end of the year.
Residents have until Wednesday (October 21) to make their thoughts known on the council’s planning website.