Cotswold District Council defends its handling of providing an up-to-date Local Plan

Cotswold District Council defends its handling of providing an up-to-date Local Plan

Cotswold District Council defends its handling of providing an up-to-date Local Plan

First published in News

COTSWOLD District Council has defended its handling of the district-wide Local Plan after criticism from its Audit and Scrutiny committee.

At its meeting on Thursday, February 13, members of the committee grilled Cllr Nick Parsons, cabinet member for forward planning, on the delays in producing a Local Plan.

Cllr Mark Wardle (Independent, Fairford) asked why the Cotswolds does not have an up to date local plan and whether an increased investment would speed the process up.

Responding, Cllr Parsons said: “I don’t think so. We are certain that we will have our Local Plan within six months.

“Progress is being made on the Local Plan. At the moment, we are no worse off than any other local authority,” he added.

It was also heard that more than 2,000 comments had been received on the proposed plan, which sets out development requirements in the district until 2031.

Many residents hit out at the prospect of building 2,500 homes in the Chesterton area of Cirencester and a further 4,400 across the rest of the Cotswolds.

At a cabinet meeting last September, it was said that the delays in delivering the Local Plan could result in more planning appeals while also having a detrimental impact on CDC’s reputation.

A draft Local Plan will be published later in the year with a finalised copy expected to surface in 2015.

For more information, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.

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1:41pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Geoff66 says...

Not having a Local Plan in place shows just how incompetent that CDC is. The Local Plan is supposed to provide a template and focus for all of CDC's strategies and strategic aims, yet alone a plan to direct the long term future of the Cotswolds and all of its communities.

How can we look at future housing needs without a Local Plan in place?, yet alone look at the long term financial and economic viability of our main town's and community hubs without this plan?

In Cirencester, what is our plan to meet growing housing needs and demands, whilst at the same time, meeting the needs and demands for developing the town to reflect it's long term future and financial and economic viability? .

How will Cirencester grow and develop in the future, and how do we ensure that the town continues to offer the infrastructure and facilities that a principal Market Town requires, yet alone meet the growing needs of society and a ever growing population, especially when we are looking at increasing housing numbers and those relying on local services and provisions?

What happens when we run out of potential sites in the centre of Cirencester, needed to develop new infrastructure and facilities, when they are taken up as housing sites? Will we then be looking at developing out of town provisions and where exactly will these, can these, be located?

What is the long term future for the Cotswold's and it's towns and villages? and how do we ensure that our villages can grow to meet local demands, especially for local housing, yet alone affordable housing, and ensure that these villages don't end up stagnating or dying?

In addition, are we looking at the potential of new towns and villages being created in the Cotswolds, and how do we ensure these don't just become holiday or second homes.

I think the question now needs to be asked of CDC as to why we don't have a Local Plan, and why the out-lying Cotswold councillors seem to have so much influence and control over CDC and it's towns.
Not having a Local Plan in place shows just how incompetent that CDC is. The Local Plan is supposed to provide a template and focus for all of CDC's strategies and strategic aims, yet alone a plan to direct the long term future of the Cotswolds and all of its communities. How can we look at future housing needs without a Local Plan in place?, yet alone look at the long term financial and economic viability of our main town's and community hubs without this plan? In Cirencester, what is our plan to meet growing housing needs and demands, whilst at the same time, meeting the needs and demands for developing the town to reflect it's long term future and financial and economic viability? . How will Cirencester grow and develop in the future, and how do we ensure that the town continues to offer the infrastructure and facilities that a principal Market Town requires, yet alone meet the growing needs of society and a ever growing population, especially when we are looking at increasing housing numbers and those relying on local services and provisions? What happens when we run out of potential sites in the centre of Cirencester, needed to develop new infrastructure and facilities, when they are taken up as housing sites? Will we then be looking at developing out of town provisions and where exactly will these, can these, be located? What is the long term future for the Cotswold's and it's towns and villages? and how do we ensure that our villages can grow to meet local demands, especially for local housing, yet alone affordable housing, and ensure that these villages don't end up stagnating or dying? In addition, are we looking at the potential of new towns and villages being created in the Cotswolds, and how do we ensure these don't just become holiday or second homes. I think the question now needs to be asked of CDC as to why we don't have a Local Plan, and why the out-lying Cotswold councillors seem to have so much influence and control over CDC and it's towns. Geoff66
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