Decision on whether to allow 22 homes to be built in Fairford delayed while councillors visit development site

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Decision on whether to allow 22 homes to be built in Fairford delayed while councillors visit development site Decision on whether to allow 22 homes to be built in Fairford delayed while councillors visit development site

MORE than 20 new homes could still be built in Fairford after members of the district council’s planning committee voted to visit the prospective site before making a final decision.

The application for 22 new homes on land close to Saxon Way generated a heated discussion with several members drawing attention to Fairford’s already over-capacity sewage system.

Cllr Barry Fenby, of Fairford Town Council, urged the committee to refuse the application and reminded members that, while this application was only for a small number of homes, it must be considered in conjunction with other recently approved plans.

Last month the committee granted planning permission for 120 homes to be built in Fairford despite refusing it earlier in the year.

It was also heard during the meeting that Cotswold District Council had received 35 letters of objection the Fairford Preservation Trust, the majority of which focussed on the issue of flooding in the town.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou drew parallels with his argument from the previous planning meeting and said that Fairford’s sewage system is at breaking point.

He said: “The whole infrastructure needs to be addressed before new houses are permitted. This type of saturation building is putting places in Fairford under immense strain.”

An objection against the homes was submitted by Quenington Parish Council which said that amenities in Fairford such as schools, parking and the doctors’ surgery, which are used by people in the surrounding villages, would be oversubscribed.

Members went against the officer’s recommendation to permit and chose to hold out on making a final decision until after they had a chance to view the suitability of the location.

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4:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Even if the application is eventually refused by the Planning Committee it's only a stay of execution as the developer will appeal and win.

They'll win because negligent Cotswold District Council under dozy Tory leadership with impotent backbench sheep have failed to deliver a Local development Plan (3 years behind and counting...)

Theodoulou is part of the problem...bleating about the drains, whilst doing zilch to accelerate the Local Plan.

Fiddling whilst Rome burns.
Even if the application is eventually refused by the Planning Committee it's only a stay of execution as the developer will appeal and win. They'll win because negligent Cotswold District Council under dozy Tory leadership with impotent backbench sheep have failed to deliver a Local development Plan (3 years behind and counting...) Theodoulou is part of the problem...bleating about the drains, whilst doing zilch to accelerate the Local Plan. Fiddling whilst Rome burns. Olly Cromwell
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9:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Robert Jeanes says...

Yes, Fairford is still up for sale.
Population growth is about 31% since the 145 Second Homes were finally passed in 2008. As for the promised swimming pool. Some but not all who represent us are wiser now. Don't count out an Ice Rink before long for, someone will fall for it all right.
Ghettoes for the rich......Brand-new 1/4 million pound homes for, er, first time buyers.....Wheel 'em all in! We don't have to share a bath and lav........just yet.

It shouldn't be a political matter but the Government does nicely out of all this New-Build, as does Thames Water and the oh, so silent Legal chaps and even quieter Estate Agents.

Follow the Money!
Yes, Fairford is still up for sale. Population growth is about 31% since the 145 Second Homes were finally passed in 2008. As for the promised swimming pool. Some but not all who represent us are wiser now. Don't count out an Ice Rink before long for, someone will fall for it all right. Ghettoes for the rich......Brand-new 1/4 million pound homes for, er, first time buyers.....Wheel 'em all in! We don't have to share a bath and lav........just yet. It shouldn't be a political matter but the Government does nicely out of all this New-Build, as does Thames Water and the oh, so silent Legal chaps and even quieter Estate Agents. Follow the Money! Robert Jeanes
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