The link below will guide you through the Cotswold District Council online process which you need to use to register an objection to the Bathurst Chesterton Development.
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Cirencester Town Council Meeting Tuesday 19th July at 7pm
You may wish to attend next Tuesday’s Cirencester Town Council Meeting as there are some very interesting items on the agenda. The meeting starts at 7pm and is at Bingham House, Dyer Street , Cirencester.
The agenda can be read by following the link above. We wish to draw your attention to the following items in the agenda:
16. JOINT CORPORATE AND PLANNING GROUP UPDATE To receive, for information, an update relating to the work of the Joint Corporate and Planning Group in considering evidence and preparing a draft response for Council in respect of the Chesterton South Outline Planning Application.
18. COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL EMERGING LOCAL PLAN REG.19 CONSULTATION 18.1 To consider and approve the draft response to the Reg. 19 consultation. 18.2 To delegate authority to the CEO, in consultation with the Chairman of the Council and Lead Member for Planning, to finalise the response ahead of the closing date of Monday, 8th August 2016.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be a public consultation event relating to the Reg. 19 consultation and design code, including an update relating to the work of the joint corporate and planning group, at Bingham House, Dyer Street on Thursday 21st July at 4pm, hosted by Andrew Tubb and Andrea Pellegram.
We would urge you to attend these events and share your views with our town council.
CDC Local Plan Reg 19 Consultation
Please make sure your responses to the CDC Reg 19 consultation are submitted before the closing date of 8th August. All responses to this current consultation will be made available to the Local Plan Inspector. If you wish to reiterate points you have made before that have not been resolved then do so.
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Do you know about Cotswold District Council’s plan to allocate the majority of the Cotswold district’s new houses for the next 15 years to Cirencester ?
- 80% of the Cotswold District is designated as AONB
- This means that 100% of the district’s housing need has to be squeezed onto the remaining 20% of land
- Shouldn’t this make the Cotswold District a special case with regard to planning rules ?
The ruling CDC Cabinet has recently been expanded from 5 to 7 members, yet Cirencester still has no representation on it.
- There is no-one looking after the interests of Cirencester on this ruling decision making body
- Is that fair?
The Chesterton Farm site belongs to the Bathurst Estate. They have submitted an application to build 2,350 houses on the 120 hectare site.
- Major high pressure gas pipelines, originally located in open countryside for safety reasons, run across the site
- Thames Water point out that the existing water supply is insufficient to meet the demands of the proposed development. A suggested solution will use energy to pump water to the site
- Thames Water has also confirmed that a new sewer will be needed all the way to the Shorncote Treatment Works
- Much of the site has been found to be undevelopable; the 2,350 houses will now be squeezed into less than half the original space
- The site is too far from the town centre for most to contemplate walking; car use will be the preferred means of transport, our roads will become jammed
Do you know what 2,350 houses looks like?
- It is six times the size of the Kingshill North development.
- It is the equivalent to the whole of Tetbury, the second biggest town in the district
Cirencester is being allocated more new houses than any other town of its size in the whole of the country.
- CDC have allocated Cirencester 17 new houses per 100 existing residents, as opposed to an average of 7 elsewhere in the country
- Cirencester is to get two and a half times the average
- Is that fair?
The Bathurst Outline Planning Application appears to be under-reporting a number of very important aspects.
The site is classed by Natural England (and others) as “best and most versatile agricultural land, much of it ALC Grades 2 and 3a. The Bathurst application dismisses it as the poorer Grades 3b and 4
- A technical appendix to the Ecological Baseline Report showed a map dated Oct 2009 indicating six species-rich hedgerows in the middle third of the site. However in the Ecological Baseline Part 8 for 2015, all those same hedgerows were classed as species-poor
You can read more of the reasons against 2,350 houses on this site on our page in previous issues of Cirencester Scene online:
Cirencester is too small to take a development of this enormity.
SOC are fighting to significantly reduce the number of houses on the Chesterton site.
Everyone must act now and object to this extraordinary planning application. Cirencester needs houses. It does not need a dormitory appendage like this.
Object to the application (reference number 16/00054/OUT) at:
It is not too late.
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Fellow residents of Cirencester
CDC voted on Local Plan on 17th May – the vote was split on political/geographical grounds
There’s still a way to go – we fight on
Determination of the Bathurst application will be in September at the earliest
SOC requests call in
The Local Plan examination is scheduled for next year
SOC drop-in session on Wednesday 8th June
Cirencester needs YOU.
Come and chat with us on Wednesday 8th June 6-9pm at The Crown, West Market Place, Cirencester (downstairs in the Denman room)
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The next CDC full council meeting is a very important one – they are going to look at the draft submission version (Reg 19) of the Local Plan before it goes out for public consultation. This is the LAST consultation before the Plan is submitted for inspection and approval (or not).
Save Our Cirencester members have tabled 10 vital questions on behalf of Cirencester’s residents. Written answers will be circulated at the meeting and, more importantly, each questioner gets the opportunity to ask a supplementary question at the meeting – which should be answered by the councillor concerned on the spot.
Not easy for them – but potentially very interesting for the public!
The agenda (and our questions) can be read by following this link:
Tuesday 17th May, starting at 10am at the CDC Council Chamber, Trinity Road , Cirencester , GL7 1PX
Please be there to support us at this meeting.
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Housing numbers and densities…. so just what can we expect to see?
At a recent CDC meeting David James of SOC asked the Council about the CDC promotional leaflet referring to Cirencester taking a “sizeable share“ of new housing. The share had also been referred to as fair and proportionate. It is nothing of the sort. David had spent many hours on government websites investigating 30 different local plans from those towns that were sampled. An analytical comparison with other towns of a similar size to Cirencester (about 20,000) within the UK shows that the allocation of new houses, relative to its population, is higher for Cirencester than all of the other 29 towns, in fact two and a half times higher than the national average (17 v 7 new houses per 100 residents). Based on the randomness and statistical validity of that sample, it is true to say that Cirencester has the highest relative burden of housing than anywhere else in the country. CDC has now failed to recognise the enormity of this scheme and should reduce the allocation to a much lesser number.
SAVE OUR CIRENCESTER
is a group of Cirencester residents who, like so many others, care about its future. We would like the character of the town to be retained so it remains a pleasant place to live in with the new homes it needs and deserves.
The Immediate Threat
A massive 2,350 homes development which the Earl Bathurst and the Cotswold District Council want to build on farmland on the edge of our town. 2,350 homes is equivalent to a town the size of Tetbury.
What Do The People Want?
We want Cirencester to be treated fairly. Save Our Cirencester has found no other comparable market town in England which is taking anywhere near the burden the Council is imposing on Cirencester.
We want houses, Cirencester should have the right mix and type of houses to meet its needs. SOC believes this can be achieved without destroying Cirencester. We don’t wan’t Cirencester to be swamped.
“We are the capital of the Cotswolds, a historic Roman Town with character. What they are planning is the destruction of a lovely Cotswold town into a faceless characterless urban Satellite” A Cirencester Resident
A Small Selection of People’s Comments:
“It is obvious that the town is already bursting at the seams, parking in particular is a huge and increasing problem for those working and wanting to shop in the town. I, like thousands of others, fail to see how Lord Bathurst’s so-called legacy of building 2500 new homes on the edge of this lovely town, will be beneficial.”
“The developers claim that people will walk or cycle is a joke. Few will walk for half an hour or more each way and fewer still will cycle up and down the hills on the overstretched roads”
“I’m sure if the proposal was scaled down to 250 or 500 homes the local population would respond in a far more positive manner. From a personal point of view, if this planning application is approved, I will be relocating my business elsewhere!”
“If this development is approved by the council then you’re letting down every resident and future generations of this town”
“We can assume that most of those dwellings have at least one car and probably two so we could be looking at 4-5,000 more cars to accommodate. Where on earth will they go ?”
And here’s a suggestion from a resident to CDC:
“If the number of units was moderated down, the development shown to be good design and a good proportion of the proceeds of the increased value to the landowner were spent on Cirencester, then I would support the application”.
……… So would Save Our Cirencester, and most people in the town!
People have asked questions that CDC has failed to answer:
- How fair is it that Cirencester gets relatively more houses than any town anywhere in England? Especially when fairness is supposed to be a major plank of the Local Plan.
- Why have other applications for good housing developments been rejected for reasons that apply equally to the Earl Bathurst extension to Cirencester ?
- Why, even if the Cotswold District and Cirencester meet their housing needs by building new homes, will the 2,350 house Earl Bathurst extension of Chesterton be ring-fenced and still go ahead within the same timescale ?
- When figures obtained by Freedom of Information request identify a shortage of affordable homes across the Cotswold district, why is affordable housing being over-provided in Cirencester ?
- Why have the significant restrictions on usable space, and maintenance of common density standards, not reduced the number of houses proposed for the Earl Bathurst extension of Cirencester ?
- Why does the council not accept that the claims by Bathurst on walking time and cycling propensity are misleading and undermines sustainability of the Bathurst proposed extension of Cirencester ?
- In a situation where a single local landowner will reap huge financial advantage, why have the Council not allayed concerns about potential conflicts of interest ?
- Unlike other Town and Parish Councils, why has the Town Council, and other community bodies, not opposed this extension of Cirencester ?
- Why does the Council refuse to even acknowledge the sensitivities and human cost of this ?
What Can I Do?
- The Earl Bathhurst has applied for planning permission. It can be found on the CDC Planning Portal: tinyurl.com/BathurstOPA
- When you have reviewed the application and, if you oppose it, you should object as described below.
- Enter your objections online at: tinyurl.com/BathurstOPA
- Write your objections to:
Cotswold District Council
Cirencester, GL7 1PX
quote Application Reference: 16/00054/OUT
- Attend Council Meetings and voice your views:
Cirencester Town Council 8th March 19:00 Town Council Meeting to discuss Bathurst OPA
Cotswold District Council 17th March 16:00 Cabinet Meeting
Save Our Cirencester:
Come and support our fight and campaign against the Chesterton SUPER development
Support the Save Our Cirencester (SOC) cause by coming along to the CDC council meeting on Tuesday 23rd February at 10am in the Council Chamber, Trinity Road, Cirencester.
This is a very important council meeting for you to attend if you can. SOC members will be asking probing questions about the proposed Bathurst development. This will take place before the main agenda items of the meeting. There is no need to stay for the whole meeting. We would appreciate as many people as possible being there to support us in this. We are doing this for you and for Cirencester.
Please turn up if you are able; bring a friend too.