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Foyle’s War writer plans legal battle to stop 'executive' homes 'ruining' hamlet

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Matthew Hall, a screenwriter involved in TV dramas including Foyle’s War and Kavanagh QC, claims the three houses would cause “irreparable harm” to Welsh Newton Common. Mr Hall, 54, who is also a bestselling novelist, has joined his Herefordshire neighbours to call for a judicial review after the housing was backed by planners. The winner of a Welsh Bafta for crime drama Keeping Faith says that he is willing to go to court.

Hilary Broughton submitted revised plans for the homes after having two earlier bids rejected at two sites. Town hall bosses said they were satisfied she had addressed their concerns, despite opposition from villagers.

Mr Hall said calling for a judicial review was possible “but we will first ask Herefordshire Council to reconsider the application properly”.

Parish councillor Debbie Clarke told a meeting that demands on roads, on drainage and possible damage to protected species’ habitats counted against the plans.

Ms Broughton said she was surprised at the opposition to her proposals, which led to nearly 40 letters of objection. “Some of the objectors have already built houses on their own greenfield sites,” she said.

A county council spokesman said that ecological concerns had been addressed and the application had been amended to fit with the neighbourhood plan.

Mr Hall co-wrote an episode of Foyle’s War, a Second World War drama set in Hastings.

It starred Michael Kitchen as detective Christopher Foyle and Honeysuckle Weeks as his driver Sam Stewart. The series ended in 2015.



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