Up to 150 homes could be built in Down Ampney after village is included in CDC's Local Plan

DOWN Ampney could be expanded by up to 150 homes following a decision by Cotswold District Council to include the village in its Local Plan.

At its most recent cabinet meeting, members voted in favour of including Down Ampney in the plan as the village has now been identified as a location capable of sustainable development.

Cllr David Fowles (Con, Hampton) questioned the inclusion of the village, by saying that Down Ampney had become “developed out”.

Chris Vickery, forward planning manager at CDC, said the village was once again being added to the list as more potential development sites had become available but insisted that there was no exact number of homes ready to be built.

He said: “We will engage with the local community. Once we’ve got feedback from the communities we will be in a better place to recommend this to the council.”

However, Cllr Fowles protested by saying that the village would not be able to deal with more development.

He said: “This is going to put a lot of houses into a place where, in my opinion, there isn’t a sufficient infrastructure to support them.”

A report, which was presented to the cabinet, read: “The village was only dropped from the Preferred Development Strategy because no sites had come forward at that point.

“It is now appropriate to include Down Ampney as one of the identified locations for sustainable development. Officers feel that a provisional figure of between 50 and 100 dwellings (including housing already committed) would be a reasonable starting position.”

CDC’s Local Plan is a blueprint for the development of 6,900 new homes to be built across the district by 2031.

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11:59am Thu 12 Dec 13

Olly Cromwell says...

The Tory Cabinet on Cotswold District Council has been sleeping on the job.

The essential Local Plan to identify potential sites for development is long overdue.

It won't be complete until 2016, by which time gold-digging developers will have had a bonanza as the High Court ruled a few weeks back (still unreported by the dozy Wilts & Glos) that the lazy/inept/clueless/
arrogant Council has a "persistent" record of under-delivery. So, it is now open season for any developer to spot an opportunity knowing the planning permission cannot be turned down, as this Council has left the farm gate open by not delivering a Local Plan.

In fact, I'd comment this Council has concentrated far too much on granting planning permissions for 1,500 luxury holiday pads in the Water Park rather than affordable homes for locals.
The Tory Cabinet on Cotswold District Council has been sleeping on the job. The essential Local Plan to identify potential sites for development is long overdue. It won't be complete until 2016, by which time gold-digging developers will have had a bonanza as the High Court ruled a few weeks back (still unreported by the dozy Wilts & Glos) that the lazy/inept/clueless/ arrogant Council has a "persistent" record of under-delivery. So, it is now open season for any developer to spot an opportunity knowing the planning permission cannot be turned down, as this Council has left the farm gate open by not delivering a Local Plan. In fact, I'd comment this Council has concentrated far too much on granting planning permissions for 1,500 luxury holiday pads in the Water Park rather than affordable homes for locals. Olly Cromwell

9:10am Fri 13 Dec 13

Iansky says...

Perhaps Cllr Fowles would like the houses in Poulton where he has his Post Office/shop so it will boost his coffers!

When will these Cllr's take their share of the needed housing rather than keep pushing it toward Ciren in an effort to retain their area independance?

Total planning failure by the CDC planning committee has led to this fiasco so they get what they deserve and should accept it gracefully!
Perhaps Cllr Fowles would like the houses in Poulton where he has his Post Office/shop so it will boost his coffers! When will these Cllr's take their share of the needed housing rather than keep pushing it toward Ciren in an effort to retain their area independance? Total planning failure by the CDC planning committee has led to this fiasco so they get what they deserve and should accept it gracefully! Iansky

5:05pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Susie Clark says...

You can be sure it's a Lib Dem politician writing when the Water Park is mentioned - doesn't matter what the subject.
Didn't I read somewhere that over 2/3rds of district councils in England had been delayed in producing a local plan because the Coalition government had changed the rules about development. Are they all guilty of sleeping on the job or just the one that Olly is targetting in his election campaign.
Let's play the new game - spot "Olly's" election manifesto points. See whether you can reach 100 between now and May 2015. ( Repeats of the same subject do count, by the way - Water Park references count treble )
You can be sure it's a Lib Dem politician writing when the Water Park is mentioned - doesn't matter what the subject. Didn't I read somewhere that over 2/3rds of district councils in England had been delayed in producing a local plan because the Coalition government had changed the rules about development. Are they all guilty of sleeping on the job or just the one that Olly is targetting in his election campaign. Let's play the new game - spot "Olly's" election manifesto points. See whether you can reach 100 between now and May 2015. ( Repeats of the same subject do count, by the way - Water Park references count treble ) Susie Clark

7:43pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Susie, you are quite barking.........up the wrong tree.

Of course some other Councils are in the same predicament as careless Cotswold District Council. It's just no other Council has the great swathes of AONB to protect, as here.

Shame on our dysfunctional Tory Council for letting everyone down.
Susie, you are quite barking.........up the wrong tree. Of course some other Councils are in the same predicament as careless Cotswold District Council. It's just no other Council has the great swathes of AONB to protect, as here. Shame on our dysfunctional Tory Council for letting everyone down. Olly Cromwell

12:55pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Crispin Mount says...

44 minute radio feature giving an in depth analysis of the Cotswold Water Park scandal has been broadcast this weekend.

Due to public demand it can now be re-listened to again via YouTube - 'Death & Corruption at Cotswold Water Park'
44 minute radio feature giving an in depth analysis of the Cotswold Water Park scandal has been broadcast this weekend. Due to public demand it can now be re-listened to again via YouTube - 'Death & Corruption at Cotswold Water Park' Crispin Mount

3:46pm Sun 15 Dec 13

dopey1 says...

Well spotted Crispin!

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=0VGHcA4O3
Rk
Well spotted Crispin! http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=0VGHcA4O3 Rk dopey1

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