Land owner lodges appeal after Gosport council reject Grand Designs-style home

Land off Britannia Way in Gosport which houses a former munitions store
Land off Britannia Way in Gosport which houses a former munitions store

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  • Owner of former munitions site has lodged an appeal against council’s decision to reject application
  • Residents and councillors are unhappy with the decision by Alan Dawes to appeal
  • An independent government inspector will now have the power on whether eco-home will be built
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THE battle to build a house on a former cordite magazine continues as the land owner appeals Gosport council’s decision to reject his latest plan.

Alan Dawes, owner of the site, off Britannia Way, in Gosport, has submitted his appeal which will now be considered by an independent government inspector.

The council was unanimous in it’s decision to refuse it and I thought he would have accepted that.

John Hudson

Residents living near the site have been fighting the plan and are even looking to buy land next to it in a bid to stop the application.

John Hudson said: ‘It was surprising that Mr Dawes would take this step but he’s trying to find a way around the planning process.

‘The council was unanimous in its decision to refuse it and I thought he would have accepted that.

‘As residents, we have nothing against him – we are just against the plan.

‘We have even tried to work with him and suggest potential buyers who could purchase the nature conservation area off him but he isn’t listening.’

Mr Dawes had his application for the Grand Designs-style home refused by the planning committee in July.

It is the second time it has refused the plans for the house after Mr Dawes’ original application was rejected last year.

He appealed that decision but the independent inspector agreed with the council and said it should have been turned down.

The latest appeal says that issues which stopped the approval of the first plan have been addressed and that is one of the main reasons for the appeal.

The decision on whether the house is built is now out of the council’s hands.

Ward councillor Peter Langdon said: ‘It’s about time Mr Dawes accepted the fact the house is not wanted.

‘Every time he lodges an appeal or submits a new application it is costing the council a lot of money.

‘Having submitted two applications, two appeals and lodging an objection against the Gosport Local Plan you’d think he would move on.

‘The land should have never been sold to him in the first place but when he bought it, he knew it was a conservation area.’

When approached by The News, Mr Dawes said he did not want to comment on the appeal.