A PUBLIC inquiry will be held next week on a rejected application to build 900 new homes in Weston, which has been appealed by developers.

Haddon Property Developments Limited (HPDL) wants to build the homes, along with employment development, a primary school, recreation facilities and retail units on the former on the former Gorstyhill golf club, in Abbey Park Way.

The plan is described as an extension to the existing 326 homes in Wychwood Village, which is surrounded by the golf course, but residents insist a further 900 homes would ‘destroy the area’ and go against legal documentation already in place to prevent further development.

A spokesman at Wychwood Community Group said: “The legally-binding section 106 clause which applies to both Wychwood Village and Wychwood Park states that no more than 725 properties may be built on both sites combined.

“The current total stands at 716, just nine below that maximum. HPDL’s appeal to have this overturned was also rejected last August.

“The section 106 was put in place by the council at the time the two sites were planned with the intention of protecting the courses and homeowners from the possibility of a speculative developer trying to put further housing on one or both sites.”

The inquiry will be held in the Carlsberg Lounge at Crewe Alexandra Stadium, in Gresty Road, and is expected to last four days.

Trevor Sandry and Andy Bailey, from the Wychwood Community Group, will speak at the inquiry.