Comedy Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg is keen to take credit for the defeat of housing estate planning applications threatening to blight two villages in his constituency:
“This is a great success for local people who campaigned tirelessly against the proposals to develop on greenbelt land. I wrote to the Secretary of State on behalf of these constituents, urging him to reject these applications in light of local opposition and the party’s stance on greenbelt planning and I am delighted that he has done so.”
But Scrapbook can bring readers news of another planning victory for locals in the area — one which does not merit official comment on Rees-Mogg’s website. A proposal to homes on a greenfield site in the village of Hinton Blewett was also rejected by the local council:
“The proposed development of 19 dwellings in this location, in spite of the identified shortfall in housing provision would be of limited benefit that would be greatly outweighed by the significant harm to and loss of a very attractive undeveloped space and the setting, character and appearance of the adjoining Conservation Area.”
Regular readers may recall that the applicant is one Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg — Jacob’s mother — who, planning officials could not resist noting, refused to withdraw the application despite being warned informally that it was destined for refusal.
Villagers formed a group called PRAM (Peasants Revolting Against Mogg) to fight the scheme.