Council chiefs to consider local opinion on field's fate
COUNCIL chiefs will consider opinions on the Pony Field development right up until the morning planners decide its fate.
The deadline for comments on the controversial development fell at the turn of the new year.
But residents expressed concern that people who objected would be less likely to make their voice heard over the festive period.
It is the third time plans to develop the greenery off Plymstock's Springfield Close have been put forward within a year.
Developers Senate Properties want to build 16 houses and associated infrastructure on the land.
Two similar applications were previously withdrawn after strong opposition from residents.
A total of 65 representations were made to the council before the deadline fell.
That compares to 170 when similar plans were submitted several months ago.
Councillor Vivien Pengelly has spearheaded a campaign to block the development.
She said: "Residents in Plymstock are very concerned about the Pony Field application.
"The consultation exercise was held the three weeks before the December 31, which meant a whole week of that was the holiday period of Christmas.
"I have been informed that comments that arrive at the planning department will still be considered by the planning committee so it is important that any resident who has missed the deadline can still comment by January 31."
A council spokesman stressed that no special treatment has been given to Plymstock residents over the Pony Field.
She explained: "There has been no formal extension of time – we consider representations up until an application is determined or in the case of committee items until the application goes to committee – this is the case for all applications we handle."
Neal Hiscocks, of Senate, did not wish to comment.