Delay hinders move

A undecided planning application is holding up the sale of a widow’s home in Pebsham claim her family.

They believe the plan to build three new homes nearby where a bungalow and garage now stand is putting off buyers because the council is “dragging their heels.” The application was submitted last summer and a number of objections from residents were also received.

Daughter-in-law Angela Reading said: “She is now 86 years old and her mobility is starting to become problematic and she would like to move closer to us here in the Midlands.” Angela and husband Ian have found a suitable home but progress has been stalled by delays in the planning application procedure.

They were told by a local estate agent that the property could have been easily sold were it not “for these plans and the lack of any certainty in the future of the site.”

Angela added that a decision was supposed to be made by July 2014 “but we are still waiting for it.”

A RDC spokesman said: “We have been awaiting further information from the applicant, without which it was not possible to make a decision on this application. This information has recently been received and officers are currently preparing their report, which we expect to be completed by the end of this week.

“Once this happens, the report, including an officer’s recommendation, will be circulated to councillors, who will have the opportunity to consider whether the application needs to be brought before planning committee.”