Land North of Beldam Bridge Road 14/0594) – APPEAL WITHDRAWN

Latest information:

Updated 27th June:

Appeal now formally withdrawn

Updated 23rd May:

Appeal now re-activated. More information in the latest newsletter here

Update 3rd May 2016:

The appeal is now suspended after new submission has been made with 16/0323

Update 7th Sept:

This Appeal by Taylor Wimpey was validated by PINS on 4 September – the Public Inquiry date is to be advised.

Updated 25th July: Taylor Wimpey have now gone to appeal and the application is deferred

Updated 23rd July: SHBC Planning Department have refused this application. Details can be found  here

Updated 10th July 2015: Borough considering application at PAC (Planning Application Committee) Meeting on Monday July 20th. Planning officer recommends refusal on planning policy only.

Updated 12th June 2015: 173 Letters of objection   826 signed objections on petition

Extension of time agreed for determination by 1st May 2015, but not included in 30th April Planning Applications Committee (PAC) meeting as required, nor the PAC meeting on 27th May – new proposed date yet to be advisedUpdate 14th October 2014: As yet no date set for Planning Applications Committee

Update 23rd September 2014

There is still no date set by SHBC for the hearing of this and the other two planning applications proposing to prematurely use the “reserve” land, as there is currently further information required and issues that need to be clarified or addressed first.  It is unlikely that this will be resolved in time for the October 22nd meeting, so November or possibly even December are currently suggested as being more likely.  Remember that until the date of the Committee meeting, residents can still lodge their comments on this application with SHBC, for consideration as part of the process.

Update 3rd September  2014: The date currently proposed for the Planning Committee meeting to decide this application is 22nd October 2014.

Update 19th August 2014: The West End Parish Council will review and discuss this application in a special Planning committee meeting at 7:30 this evening, at the Sports Pavilion, before making their decision to inform SHBC regarding this application.  Members of the public may make comments in a public comment period shortly after the start of the meeting, and may remain while the council deliberates and decides on their response.

Note that the official period for registering objections to SHBC is now until 22nd August (as per SHBC press announcement), but we are also assured that comments may still be submitted right up to the date of the SHBC Planning Committee meeting, which may be in September or October.

16th July 2014: SHBC have released outline planning application reference 14/0594 for comment.  See the documents here

2nd July 2014: SHBC have confirmed receipt of a planning application from Taylor Wimpey on 27th June.  They cannot give any further details at this stage, as the documents have not yet been checked and validated.

A check of Taylor Wimpey’s website shows that it is currently an outline application.

Further information will be provided as soon as more news is known.


Earlier information:

Taylor Wimpey have hosted a consultation event on Tuesday, 13th May 2014, between 3:30pm and 7:30pm in the Sports Pavilion in Benner Lane, West End.

Refer to the attached invitation: Taylor Wimpey consultation – Land North of Beldam Bridge Road.

To view the consultation information that was provided on the boards at the exhibition, visit  There was also the opportunity to provide your feedback, but please note that this Taylor Wimpey consultation period ended on 23rd May 2014.

As those of you that attended will have noticed, some of the WEAG committee and members conducted an exit poll just outside during the Taylor Wimpey consultation event.  The vast majority of event attendees were willing to answer the exit poll questions and many have joined the WEAG.  The results of the exit poll can be found here: Exit poll report – Taylor Wimpey in West End May 2014.

If you wish to join WEAG, and/or give WEAG any feedback on the Taylor Wimpey development, please complete and return the attached form WEAG Recruit and post TW consult. 13 May 2014, which can either be scanned in and e-mailed to or can be posted to 42 Kings Road, West End, GU24 9LW, or can be handed to any of the current committee members: Beulah Kingston, Chris Anthony, Diane Doney, Guy Consterdine, Ian Allard, Jeff Llewellyn, Marc Bedwell, Dr. Paul Bates.


Part of the site, which is currently woodland, but which is proposed for housing development.  This view is taken from Beldam Bridge Road, looking towards the boundary with Thurdon.


Proposed development site access point.

Note that the above photographs were taken in May 2014, which is over a year since the site was subject to significant clearance work in March 2013, when the Forestry Commission granted a felling licence for up to 30% of the trees over 10cm in diameter at chest height and the smaller trees and shrubbery were also cleared.