Well done Alderton, over 100 of you turned up at some stage to the Freeman Developers appeal at Tewkersbury Council Offices. All in all the Parish was well represented throughout the hearing. The Cheltenham Liberal Democrat MP came and spoke to a number of us, it was a shame that our own MP could not attend and support us. The village was praised most highly by the Inspector for the professionalism of their statements and for the way we conducted ourselves. A number of villagers also spoke and gave passionate statements which I'm sure left the inspector in no doubt about the strength of the village community. We had to win our case against "in favour of sustainable development" by showing the harm this development would cause Alderton. Alderton's case was strong with good arguments, a better emerging local plan with sites of less impact and a local plan that demonstrated proportionally that Alderton had its fair share of allocated housing and most importantly would impact the beautiful scenery and way Alderton is viewed. Finally we argued that it would significantly impact our social cohesion. We put the case for the above strongly- so again Well Done Alderton we could have done no more.
So what next? We have to prepare our case for the next appeal. We all have to help develop further the Neighbourhood Plan and the Borough Local Plan. We should also look to our MP to review our case and remind all of our MP's of the following from the planning Minister Nick Boles who in March 2014 stated in his written ministerial statement;
(on the topic of local planning) that:
“the coalition government is committed to reforming the planning system to make it simpler, clearer and easier for people to use, allowing local communities to shape where development should and should not go. Planning should not be the exclusive preserve of lawyers, developers or town hall officials.
For more information on the appeal case including the opening and closing statements from Alderton please click here.
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Parish Council wish to thank everyone who commented on the draft questionnaire and all the distributors who freely gave their time to deliver and collect the survey during October. All the returned questionnaires are now with Gloucestershire Rural Community Council for analysis and the results will be available at the beginning of November.In order that we can keep the community updated with the progress of the Plan, the Parish Council and the NDP team would like to share the results of the recent survey with parishioners at a
Village Meeting on 13th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. This will be an informal evening so please bring a bottle and some nibbles for a get together to share the latest news and our next steps to influence the future of our parish.
Public Inquiry 20th January
Freemans development of 60 houses behind St. Margarets Road. The parish are in the process of drafting their presentation at the appeal. The village will have the chance to be presented with our response prior to the appeal on Tuesday 13th January at the village Hall. This is our chance to make our voice heard. More details to follow
This is the latest info from TBC on the planning applications:
Edward Ware - (53 houses off Willowbank Road) strong possibility that this will go to the Planning Committee on 11th November so that leaves APC with about 4 weeks to produce an objection response for the week-end prior to the Committee meeting. Not surprisingly the Agent is pushing the Planning Officer to get this to Committee asap.
Pegasus - (60 houses behind St. Margarets Road) John Hinett is having a case conference with their barrister on 15th October and will take advice from her as to whether its appropriate to have a meeting with the Parish Council. We haven't got Miss Clover for this Appeal and instead its Sarah Reid (there is a barrister with this name from the same Chambers - Kings Chambers in Birmingham. If its the same person then she was ranked one of the best planning barristers under the age of 35, in 2011, by Planning Magazine). Case to be heard 25th January 2015.
Banner - (27 houses behind St. Margarets Drive) no indications yet as to whether they will Appeal. The refusal of permission for their application will be sent out either today or early next week so they will obviously want to look at this before making a decision. They may wait for the outcome of the Pegasus Appeal but there is also the status of the JCS to consider.
Alderton Parish Council continue to press hard on the development of the NDP and working with other villages to prepare for JCS.
LAND EAST OF ST MARGARETS DRIVE (13/00734/OUT - PEGASUS).
Notification has now been received from the Planning Inspectorate that this application is going to Appeal with a deadline for comments of 19th September. Any comments that parishioners previously sent to the Borough Council regarding this application will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. However, any additional or modified comments you may wish to make must be sent directly to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/26 Wing, 2 The Square, Temple Quay House, Bristol BS1 6PN, quoting their reference APP/G1630/A/14/2222147.
You should send 3 copies of your comments to the Planning Inspectorate to arrive within six weeks of the appeal start date 08.08.2014. The appeal will be dealt with by way of a Public Inquiry, but the date and venue for the Inquiry has yet to be agreed.
The Parish Council will again request Rule 6 Party status as we did at the Charles Church Appeal. If this request is successful, it means that Parish Council representatives can make opening and closing statements at the Appeal, cross examine witnesses from the other side and put forward our own case.
If you feel that you can help in any way, please contact Tamsin or Barry Sears.
LAND EAST OF WILLOW BANK ROAD (14/00414/FUL – BANNER HOMES).
This application was considered by the Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 19th August and deferred for a Site Inspection Panel on 29th August. Members of the Parish Council hand delivered a copy our objection response to every Planning Committee member, prior to the meeting. The application will now be on the agenda for 16th September Planning Committee.
STREET NAMING FOR CHARLES CHURCH DEVELOPMENT
The Parish Council received a letter from the Borough Council with suggested road names for the new development: Polysend, Dixton, Tirle and Bangrove. It was agreed to object to these. As it’s the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, we have put forward the surnames of soldiers from the village, who died in this war and are commemorated on the War Memorial.
Two new planning applications have been received (all plans can be viewed on the Borough Council website):
Land to the West of Willow Bank Road (14/00747/OUT)
Outline application for the erection of up to 53 dwellings and associated works including means of access.
25 Willow Bank Road Alderton (14/00771/FUL)
Rear single storey extension & vehicle parking to front.The following application received permission for development: West Barn, Lower Stanley Farm Barns,Gretton Fields (14/00442/FUL) - Retention of 2 no. conservation roof lights.
The following Appeal was dismissed:
Appeal against refusal of planning permission for Erection of a single storey dwelling on land at the 'Gardeners Arms', at Gardeners Arms, Beckford Road, (13/00858/FUL)
Inquiry held on 25, 26 and 27 March 2014
by Jessica Graham BA(Hons) PgDipL an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Decision date: 22 May 2014
Appeal Ref: APP/G1630/A/13/2209001
Land to the South of Beckford Road, Alderton, Tewkesbury
• The appeal is made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant planning permission.
• The appeal is made by Charles Church Developments Ltd against the decision of Tewkesbury Borough Council.
• The application Ref 13/00114/FUL, dated 4 February 2013, was refused by notice dated 15 October 2013.
• The development proposed is 47 dwellings, site infrastructure, landscape buffer and access.
1. The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for 47 dwellings, site infrastructure, landscape buffer and access on Land to the South of Beckford Road, Alderton, Tewkesbury in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref 13/00114/FUL, dated 4 February 2013, subject to the 21 conditions set out in the Schedule attached to this Decision Letter.
The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for 47 dwellings, site infrastructure, landscape buffer and access on Land to the South of Beckford Road, Alderton, Tewkesbury in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref 13/00114/FUL, dated 4 February 2013. Residents will no doubt be a little upset over this decision, but should be proud of the achievements we have made and that many things mentioned by the Inspector give us points to build on in our defence against other development plans. It is now up to us to ensure the developers work with us on delivering many of the stipulated agreements on the Inspectors report.
Many in the village have received notification from Avril Baker consultants about Edward Ware wanting to build 53 homes to the west of Willowbank Road.
The village hall presentation is available here.
SITE TO SOUTH OF ST MARGARETS DRIVE (Banner Homes) – The Parish Council have now been notified and they have submitted their application for 24 houses. The Parish Council will be working on a response in due course.
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN – At the Annual Parish Meeting members of the NDP Group outlined the work that they have undertaken to date and detailed the vision statements that have been produced for the Plan. These are based on the views and ideas from last year’s community consultation. Now it’s time for parishioners to express their views on these statements and give the Neighbourhood Development Plan Group a mandate to go forward. Details of the vision statements are available on the village website. For the latest information click here.