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It sounds very much the same as happened in my parish – Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire.
As soon as we started off with our NP some 4 years ago several planning applications were submitted as our local Borough Council did not have a five year supply of land and we now have planning granted for over 900 houses when we expected only 400-500 !!
Our NP passed Referendum last July and the last application for 210 houses was refused and is appealed – it will be heard in April and we and the Borough Council are standing the costs of a QC each to fight it.
The same developer has just submitted another application for the same piece of land but for 200 houses !
We have also had three applications to build on designated Green Spaces – two refused and one to be decided next month.
I do hope your referendum goes through ok – I think every one has done so.
Cllr. Guy Martin