Planning Inspectorate overturns decision to build nine new homes in Black Jack Street in Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswold District Council offices in Trinity Road, Cirencester Cotswold District Council offices in Trinity Road, Cirencester

NEARLY a dozen new homes are to be built in the centre of Cirencester despite the district council refusing planning permission on more than one occasion.

Last week it emerged that Cotswold District Council’s lack of Local Plan was responsible for the Planning Inspectorate successfully appealing against its previous decision to refuse planning permission for nine new properties in Black Jack Street in Cirencester.

The council refused permission for the build twice, first in June 2012 on grounds that the development was not in keeping with the character of the area and again in December 2012 when members believed access to the site would pose a risk to pedestrians.

A report, put together by the Planning Inspectorate, said: “The provision of housing...in an area acknowledged to lack a five year supply of housing, coupled with the enhancement that would be brought to the conservation area...heavily outweighed the harm to the significance of the designated heritage asset affected that would be caused.”

This is not the first time that CDC has had its planning decision overturned, last year the Planning Inspectorate reversed the council’s decision not to permit 300 homes in Tetbury.

CDC fought the decision in the High Court but the appeal was quashed when the judge heard that the council was only capable of building 1,711 houses in the Cotswolds over the next five years.

During a debate in the House of Lords last week, the Lib Dem peer Lord Tyler accused Cotswold District Council of “dragging its heels” on producing a Local Plan.

Cllr Nick Parsons, CDC cabinet member for forward planning, said that the council hopes to publish its draft Local Plan for public consultation later in the year.

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4:07pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Incredible.
Incredible. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Shouldn't the CDC Tory Cabinet Member for "Forward Planning" have his title changed to something more meaningful like "Useless" ?
Shouldn't the CDC Tory Cabinet Member for "Forward Planning" have his title changed to something more meaningful like "Useless" ? Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 7

12:57pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Rex Cooper says...

CDC claims to "be one of the most efficient councils in the country"......
and its leader Lyndon Stowe rubbished Lord Tyler for noticing that CDC do not have a local plan.
What are CDC on ?
CDC claims to "be one of the most efficient councils in the country"...... and its leader Lyndon Stowe rubbished Lord Tyler for noticing that CDC do not have a local plan. What are CDC on ? Rex Cooper
  • Score: 8

9:08am Mon 24 Mar 14

cirencabbie says...

Beyond belief. But then there is a huge difference between efficient (doing things right) and effective (doing the right things). Muppets.
Beyond belief. But then there is a huge difference between efficient (doing things right) and effective (doing the right things). Muppets. cirencabbie
  • Score: 5

1:14pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

So where exactly in Black Jack Street are these new houses going??

Is there land which is available behind the street frontage, say perhaps large back gardens, or is this going to replace an existing shop unit or mews?

More information would be useful
So where exactly in Black Jack Street are these new houses going?? Is there land which is available behind the street frontage, say perhaps large back gardens, or is this going to replace an existing shop unit or mews? More information would be useful Geoff66
  • Score: 1

5:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Iansky says...

Cllr Nick Parsons, CDC cabinet member for lack of planning?

I suspect these are going to be where the old "Hares Antiques" shop was at the end near the church.

No doubt they will be small houses at an extorionate price as they are in premium placement so will only be affordable to the very well healed!

Seems like another case of the incompetent leading the blind!
Cllr Nick Parsons, CDC cabinet member for lack of planning? I suspect these are going to be where the old "Hares Antiques" shop was at the end near the church. No doubt they will be small houses at an extorionate price as they are in premium placement so will only be affordable to the very well healed! Seems like another case of the incompetent leading the blind! Iansky
  • Score: 4

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