PLANS to build a new housing development in Overton have been revived after a fresh application was lodged last week.

The proposal could see up to 14 homes, comprising ten houses and four flats, built in Court Drove.

An original plan was submitted last year and dismissed on appeal. The new proposal is largely a “duplicate” but with some minor amendments that were identified during the appeal process.

The original application, lodged in February last year, was refused for two main reasons – the effect on traffic and pedestrian safety as well as the development’s provision for affordable housing.

The decision was then appealed, leading to the inspector finding that the “additional traffic arising from the development [would] not be likely to harm the safety and convenience of other highway users.”

The appeal was still dismissed due to its affordable housing provision, although the application submitted last week claims that a ‘truly unfortunate mistake’ was made by the inspector during this process.

It also notes that it was “quicker and cheaper” to resubmit a duplicate application, rather than appealing to the High Court, hence why this most recent plan was lodged.

In outlining the minor amendments made to the proposal, the new application states: “In all respects the application is a duplicate of the previous dismissed appeal except for some minor changes to the plans and elevations of the affordable housing units in order to reduce costs associated with their construction.

“The only difference with this application is in relation to the Affordable Housing units. The units have been simplified to reduce the cost of construction given problems over costs of construction identified through the appeal.”