‘Attractive and historic cottage’ blocks Aston Clinton housing scheme

An application for a number of new homes in Aston Clinton has been refused

An application for a number of new homes in Aston Clinton has been refused

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Planning permission for a new housing development in Aston Clinton has been refused in order to protect a ‘historic’ cottage.

Rectory Homes had its proposal for 50 new homes on the Aylesbury Road blocked by district councillors, who went against the advice of their planning officers.

In a notice sent to Rectory, the council said the proposed development would result in the loss of 95 Aylesbury Road, an ‘attractive and historic cottage of local merit together with the loss of mature trees to facilitate the proposed accessway, which make an important contribution to the character of the area’.

It said it would ‘comprise development of a scale and nature on a greenfield site in the open countryside beyond the edge of the village of Aston Clinton’ therefore ‘future occupants would be highly reliant on the need to travel by private motor vehicle’.

Concerns had been raised by residents over the effect the new development would have on currently lived-in cottages, which were built in 1750.

Tim Northey, planning manager at Rectory Homes, said: “We will now review the situation and take stock. We were a little shocked because the development was recommended for approval by planning officers.”