Up to 100 homes could be built in Kingshill area of Cirencester

Drawing of the proposed new estate at Kingshill

Drawing of the proposed new estate at Kingshill

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A MASSIVE development comprising of more than 5,000sqm of office space and up to 100 new homes could be heading to a green area in the north of Cirencester.

Outline planning permission for the proposed build in the Kingshill area of the town was granted this week by Cotswold District Council.

Plans reveal that a 12-acre site has been identified for the development and, in addition to the offices and homes, new roads will be built giving access to the site from the A417.

According to the Pegasus Group, which put the plans forward, the development “will create housing choice, additional employment opportunities and new amenity spaces for the new and existing communities”.

Stuart Tarr, chairman of the Beeches Community Group, told the Standard that people should not be surprised that a development like this is on the cards.

“I think, at the end of the day, we have to recognise that Cirencester has been designated as a town that will receive quite a lot of new homes,” he said.

“I do not think we, as residents, can say that we don’t welcome the development. We understand that there is a need for it.”

Mr Tarr, who was elected as the group’s new chairman in November, did however raise concerns about the new estate’s road network.

“The main thing is to make sure that the roads up there are satisfactory. We need to be sure they can cope with the amount of increased traffic,” he said.

As part of the submitted plans, a new road connecting the site to the A417 London Road will be built.

New cyclist and pedestrian accesses that link the site to the main road will also be created.

Mr Tarr also drew attention to the fact that the new offices could be built close to existing power lines.

A design and access statement produced by the Pegasus Group identified the electrical lines in the area as one of the main constraints upon the project.

The plans will be put before Cotswold District Council’s planning committee, where a final decision on whether full planning permission is granted will be made, later in the year.

Log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk to view and comment on the plans.

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6:18pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

We only understand that Tory CDC has botched the Local Plan and 'dumped on Cirencester'
We only understand that Tory CDC has botched the Local Plan and 'dumped on Cirencester' Olly Cromwell
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4:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Susie Clark says...

Where else do you have in mind, Olly ? Somewhere up the Churn Valley, perhaps, or Bourton or maybe Northleach. Please let us know your ideas on where CDC will have to build houses to meet the Coalition government's targets. Judging by what's written in the national press it has nothing to do with local plans, but all about meeting the country's ever increasing housing need. No ideas at all ? - well, there's a surprise.
Where else do you have in mind, Olly ? Somewhere up the Churn Valley, perhaps, or Bourton or maybe Northleach. Please let us know your ideas on where CDC will have to build houses to meet the Coalition government's targets. Judging by what's written in the national press it has nothing to do with local plans, but all about meeting the country's ever increasing housing need. No ideas at all ? - well, there's a surprise. Susie Clark
  • Score: -3

7:04pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Every Parish in the Cotswolds has been asking for some small development plots. If you don't get out much you won't know this.

There are literally hundreds of Parishes.

Even you Susie can do the maths, based on every Parish allocating plots for 10 new homes.

Meanwhile, CDC is now in full crisis mode and has taken the course of least resistance to deliver housing really quickly by 'dumping on Cirencester'.

This has been caused by the Local Plan being 3 years behind schedule coz the Tories never got a grip of Planning matters (preferring to help their holiday home developer chums in the Water Park rather than deliver any affordable housing for real people).

75% of Councils now have a draft Local Plan.....CDC's is not expected until 2017.
Every Parish in the Cotswolds has been asking for some small development plots. If you don't get out much you won't know this. There are literally hundreds of Parishes. Even you Susie can do the maths, based on every Parish allocating plots for 10 new homes. Meanwhile, CDC is now in full crisis mode and has taken the course of least resistance to deliver housing really quickly by 'dumping on Cirencester'. This has been caused by the Local Plan being 3 years behind schedule coz the Tories never got a grip of Planning matters (preferring to help their holiday home developer chums in the Water Park rather than deliver any affordable housing for real people). 75% of Councils now have a draft Local Plan.....CDC's is not expected until 2017. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

It would be interesting to know just how much bigger Cirencester's housing numbers have already grown in recent years with the development of Kingshill Meadow, Millennium Way and the Cornium Via sites, before we even consider this development, yet alone the proposed development of 2,500 additional homes in Chesterton, and perhaps up to around 3,300 across Cirencester as a whole.

Surely we have already seen a significant increase in the population of Cirencester, yet alone demonstrated are bit to help meet the national housing demand. However, due to the way CDC's councillor's appear to reject the call for the Cotswold's to pick up yet another 6,300 homes by 2031, across the whole of the Cotswolds area, incidentally meaning by each and every village, town and community....... yeah as if this is going to be allowed to happen...... Cirencester, Fairford and Tetbury, will be expected to pick up this total !! and what's more, when we are asked to yet again pick up further increases, which surely we will be asked to, once more it will be the likes of Cirencester, Fairford and Tetbury to pick up even more!!

Isn't it time we saw growth in some of our other villages and towns, not necessarily on a major scale, but sufficient enough to enable these villages and town's to ensure their own long term futures and sustainability, yet alone sufficient enough to house people who grew up in, and who want to stay in these villages and towns......as surely not everyone wants to live in Cirencester, Tetbury and Fairford.

Why should we have to become a dumping ground for the whole of the Cotswolds? and what's more can we really be expected to pick up these additional increases, without a major investment in both the infrastructure and amenities and provisions in Cirencester, Fairford and Tetbury? If we do not invest in these quickly, then these town's will not be able to cope and increased housing and rising expectations on these town's, will seal the fate of our once beautiful towns.
It would be interesting to know just how much bigger Cirencester's housing numbers have already grown in recent years with the development of Kingshill Meadow, Millennium Way and the Cornium Via sites, before we even consider this development, yet alone the proposed development of 2,500 additional homes in Chesterton, and perhaps up to around 3,300 across Cirencester as a whole. Surely we have already seen a significant increase in the population of Cirencester, yet alone demonstrated are bit to help meet the national housing demand. However, due to the way CDC's councillor's appear to reject the call for the Cotswold's to pick up yet another 6,300 homes by 2031, across the whole of the Cotswolds area, incidentally meaning by each and every village, town and community....... yeah as if this is going to be allowed to happen...... Cirencester, Fairford and Tetbury, will be expected to pick up this total !! and what's more, when we are asked to yet again pick up further increases, which surely we will be asked to, once more it will be the likes of Cirencester, Fairford and Tetbury to pick up even more!! Isn't it time we saw growth in some of our other villages and towns, not necessarily on a major scale, but sufficient enough to enable these villages and town's to ensure their own long term futures and sustainability, yet alone sufficient enough to house people who grew up in, and who want to stay in these villages and towns......as surely not everyone wants to live in Cirencester, Tetbury and Fairford. Why should we have to become a dumping ground for the whole of the Cotswolds? and what's more can we really be expected to pick up these additional increases, without a major investment in both the infrastructure and amenities and provisions in Cirencester, Fairford and Tetbury? If we do not invest in these quickly, then these town's will not be able to cope and increased housing and rising expectations on these town's, will seal the fate of our once beautiful towns. Geoff66
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Susie Clark says...

We're not back on the old Water Park theme are we, Olly - isn't it about time you moved on. The original Water Park development must have been years ago - as I understand it, built to regenerate a collection of disused gravel pits - must have brought a fair bit of business into the area, but then, I guess , that wouldn't fit your election manifesto, so it's ignored. Then you complain about housing in Cirencester, which surely includes affordable housing, but follow up saying that there aren't enough affordable houses being built. Fairly typical mixed up thinking from the Lib Dems.
We're not back on the old Water Park theme are we, Olly - isn't it about time you moved on. The original Water Park development must have been years ago - as I understand it, built to regenerate a collection of disused gravel pits - must have brought a fair bit of business into the area, but then, I guess , that wouldn't fit your election manifesto, so it's ignored. Then you complain about housing in Cirencester, which surely includes affordable housing, but follow up saying that there aren't enough affordable houses being built. Fairly typical mixed up thinking from the Lib Dems. Susie Clark
  • Score: -2

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