New land supply figures in the Cotswolds to put a stop to unwanted housing developments

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: New land supply figures in the Cotswolds to put a stop to unwanted housing developments New land supply figures in the Cotswolds to put a stop to unwanted housing developments

PREDATORY developers looking to build in the Cotswolds may be forced to go elsewhere now that the district council is up to speed with its five year land supply.

Latest figures show that Cotswold District Council has now identified a sufficient number of sites to provide the district with its necessary housing requirements until 2019.

The authority has stated that it has now earmarked enough land to deliver the amount of housing required with enough left over for 359 surplus units.

Recently, CDC’s lack of an up-to-date five year land supply has left the Cotswolds open to developers with many rejected planning applications being allowed on appeal.

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomed the news saying it will give power to CDC’s planning committee.

“CDC will have the full ability to decide on planning applications and refuse them where necessary, purely on planning merit,” he said.

“Members will not have to worry whether their decisions will be overturned at appeal purely on the grounds that they had not met their five year land supply.”

The district’s planning issues made national headlines last year when a High Court judge overturned CDC’s decision to reject an application for 300 homes on green land in Tetbury.

During last November’s hearing, the district council was described as a “persistent under deliverer of housing”.

Lynda Morgan, who has been fighting excessive developments in Tetbury with action group STEPS, said CDC’s five year land supply had been a real bugbear in the town.

“This is very good news for the district as a whole and I am thankful that communities like ours are now protected,” she said.

“In Tetbury we’ve had over 700 houses permitted recently which is more than the 650 we need. This news is amazing as we still have a number of applications pending.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, leader of the Lib Dem opposition on CDC, said that while the news is welcome, CDC must join the 50 per cent of councils with an up-to-date Local Plan.

“It is shameful that this council doesn’t have one. Until a Local Plan is in place, the developers will hold all the cards,” he said.

A Local Plan sets out the rules for how an area should develop over a period of time and, in most cases, should be consulted when planning decisions are made.

CDC leader Cllr Lynden Stowe told the Standard that his Lib Dem counterpart is wrong and that there is only one council in the country with a full Local Plan.

He said: “What is important is that CDC has a process in place that listens to our communities and builds a comprehensive Local Plan around those views. We need to take our time to get it right.”

News about the Cotswolds’ land supply figures coincided with the visit of planning minister Nick Boles MP to the CDC offices in Cirencester last week.

He met with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Cllr Stowe to discuss how the district had been impacted by national planning regulations.

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8:14am Thu 1 May 14

Col Mustard says...

The absence of a "Local Plan" has resulted in the Cotswold becoming like the Klondike. The abject failure by CDC to protect the countryside against speculative development by the non-availability of a local plan is maladministration. The MP coming out with usual vacuous comments whilst typical does nothing to dispel accusations of maladministration against the Council leader. One the benefits of the absence of a local plan is the ability to push through housing developments that CDC do not have the ability to repel.
The Chesterton development by Bathurst Development Ltd ? a company that would not of course support any aspect of the Conservative party ?
The absence of a "Local Plan" has resulted in the Cotswold becoming like the Klondike. The abject failure by CDC to protect the countryside against speculative development by the non-availability of a local plan is maladministration. The MP coming out with usual vacuous comments whilst typical does nothing to dispel accusations of maladministration against the Council leader. One the benefits of the absence of a local plan is the ability to push through housing developments that CDC do not have the ability to repel. The Chesterton development by Bathurst Development Ltd ? a company that would not of course support any aspect of the Conservative party ? Col Mustard
  • Score: 7

8:29am Thu 1 May 14

Geoff66 says...

Now you would have thought they would have provided a link for everyone to use http://www.cotswold.
gov.uk/media/871651/
5-Year-Supply-Report
-May-2014.pdf

Page 27 makes for some interesting reading for Cirencester residents
Now you would have thought they would have provided a link for everyone to use http://www.cotswold. gov.uk/media/871651/ 5-Year-Supply-Report -May-2014.pdf Page 27 makes for some interesting reading for Cirencester residents Geoff66
  • Score: 3

11:30am Thu 1 May 14

Olly Cromwell says...

It's all doublespeak from Tory CDC Leader and our Chartered Surveying qualified MP (go google Salisbury Road Development LLP for all his monetary interests in development)

Try telling the people of Tetbury, Cirencester, Bouton on the Water and Fairford that when Tory led Cotswold District Council couldn't count properly they are now being made to pay the price with monstrous local large scale developments.

The farm-gate is still left wide open.

On the BBC website you'll find the following announcement from the same said Planning Minister made just two weeks ago :

"Councils have had a decade to shape where development should and shouldn't go through their local plans. So far, three quarters of local authorities have published a draft Local Plan, and local residents should hold slow coach Councils to account"

When's Lynden being axed?
It's all doublespeak from Tory CDC Leader and our Chartered Surveying qualified MP (go google Salisbury Road Development LLP for all his monetary interests in development) Try telling the people of Tetbury, Cirencester, Bouton on the Water and Fairford that when Tory led Cotswold District Council couldn't count properly they are now being made to pay the price with monstrous local large scale developments. The farm-gate is still left wide open. On the BBC website you'll find the following announcement from the same said Planning Minister made just two weeks ago : "Councils have had a decade to shape where development should and shouldn't go through their local plans. So far, three quarters of local authorities have published a draft Local Plan, and local residents should hold slow coach Councils to account" When's Lynden being axed? Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Thu 1 May 14

Susie Clark says...

What Olly and his Lib Dem acolytes cannot bring themselves to accept is that it it was seeking to protect greenfield sites that caused the 5-year supply shortfall in the first place ( that, and builders delaying actual construction )
Whether or not there is a local plan , draft or otherwise , in place makes not a scrap of difference. The over-arching prerequisite seems to be to meet Government housing targets , and any local plan will need to recognise this - the results are pre-ordained.
In other words, housing development in the Cotswolds is going to happen anyway , with the numbers the government requires. The demand is there, otherwise developers wouldn't bother , and part of that demand is for affordable houses that young people want to live in, in easy reach of jobs, shops and schools, not in some remote village. I read somewhere that only 1% of the Cotswolds was developed , so the scaremongering that it is in Olly's interests to promote as a wannabe MP is just that .
The Standard was right in its editorial that the council cannot rest on its laurels - if they don't keep the level of permissions ticking over and fail to meet their allocations , the 5-year land supply spectre will be back.
What Olly and his Lib Dem acolytes cannot bring themselves to accept is that it it was seeking to protect greenfield sites that caused the 5-year supply shortfall in the first place ( that, and builders delaying actual construction ) Whether or not there is a local plan , draft or otherwise , in place makes not a scrap of difference. The over-arching prerequisite seems to be to meet Government housing targets , and any local plan will need to recognise this - the results are pre-ordained. In other words, housing development in the Cotswolds is going to happen anyway , with the numbers the government requires. The demand is there, otherwise developers wouldn't bother , and part of that demand is for affordable houses that young people want to live in, in easy reach of jobs, shops and schools, not in some remote village. I read somewhere that only 1% of the Cotswolds was developed , so the scaremongering that it is in Olly's interests to promote as a wannabe MP is just that . The Standard was right in its editorial that the council cannot rest on its laurels - if they don't keep the level of permissions ticking over and fail to meet their allocations , the 5-year land supply spectre will be back. Susie Clark
  • Score: -5

4:06pm Thu 1 May 14

dopey1 says...

I for one am glad that the developers are going elswhere. Goodness knows what would have happened if they had carried on, they might even have built a few terraced houses in Chipping Campden. ;-)
I for one am glad that the developers are going elswhere. Goodness knows what would have happened if they had carried on, they might even have built a few terraced houses in Chipping Campden. ;-) dopey1
  • Score: 3

4:07pm Thu 1 May 14

dopey1 says...

I for one am glad that the developers are going elsewhere. Goodness knows what would have happened if they had carried on, they might even have built a few rows of terraced houses in Chipping Campden. ;-)
I for one am glad that the developers are going elsewhere. Goodness knows what would have happened if they had carried on, they might even have built a few rows of terraced houses in Chipping Campden. ;-) dopey1
  • Score: 3

5:47pm Thu 1 May 14

Crispin Mount says...

On last night's aptly named TV programme 'Under Offer' we witnessed how the local Conservative Cotswold District Councillor for Chipping Campden was completely compromised over housing new builds whilst making his living as an estate agent (he was the chap wearing big blue braces, pink shirt, green tweed jacket & driving a vintage car he struggled to sit in)

"You build 'em, I'll sell 'em" he said
On last night's aptly named TV programme 'Under Offer' we witnessed how the local Conservative Cotswold District Councillor for Chipping Campden was completely compromised over housing new builds whilst making his living as an estate agent (he was the chap wearing big blue braces, pink shirt, green tweed jacket & driving a vintage car he struggled to sit in) "You build 'em, I'll sell 'em" he said Crispin Mount
  • Score: 4

9:43pm Thu 1 May 14

Rex Cooper says...

How can CDC take credit for anything when we have the spectre of West Swindon coming to a town near you ?
How can CDC take credit for anything when we have the spectre of West Swindon coming to a town near you ? Rex Cooper
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Tue 6 May 14

Geoff66 says...

Land grabs will never be a thing of the past, when there is so much money to be made by both developers and land owners, and when the Cotswolds will continue to be expected to pick up more and more housing, in order to meet ever growing local and national housing needs.

A list held by CDC will never meet these demands...so let's be realistic
Land grabs will never be a thing of the past, when there is so much money to be made by both developers and land owners, and when the Cotswolds will continue to be expected to pick up more and more housing, in order to meet ever growing local and national housing needs. A list held by CDC will never meet these demands...so let's be realistic Geoff66
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