UPDATE: Concerns raised about new St James' Place building in Cirencester

An artist's impression of the new building

An artist's impression of the new building

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PLANS to expand made by one of Cirencester’s largest employers have prompted concerns from residents about the effect it will have on parking spaces in the town.

Chairman of the planning committee at Cirencester Town Council Geoffrey Adams said he was concerned that 450 employees would be moving into the new building, which will be based right next to the current building on Tetbury Road, but less than 100 car parking spaces would be provided.

"The proposed new building would be built over the existing open air car park, which currently has 77 spaces," said Cllr Adams after the most recent planning committee meeting. "These will therefore be lost. There would be 68 new spaces created within the new building, but that is nine less than before."

Cirencester Town Council met last week to discuss the planning application submitted to Cotswold District Council which will see a new three storey office building built in the space next to St James' Place on Hammond Road. There will also be a new vehicle access point, undercroft car parking, parking for bicycles and landscaping.

The council is concerned that although extra parking is provided in the application, there will be less parking spaces for both buildings than there is currently, despite the new building planning to hold 450 new employees.

However, Cllr Roly Hughes said at the meeting: "I have been assured that there will be 450 employees but they will not be using the spaces all at the same time."

Councillors feel that there should be plans for extra parking in the town or on the outskirts for employees or a contribution towards future town centre improvements. A park and ride scheme was also suggested.

Concerns were also raised about the height of the new building. Although the plans show the roof line to be level with the roof line of the existing building, the council wants to make certain this is not an artist's impression. Members are also worried the size of the building might impose upon surrounding areas.

Cllr Patrick Coleman said: "I think it is important to make a statement about it being overbearing in size. I'm positive about the efforts St James' Place have made to be engaged with the community. I hope there can be a certain flexibility."

Mayor of Cirencester Cllr Joe Harris said that the work the wealth management company was doing was great but that there were real concerns in the community.

"Parking and congestion are big issues," he said.

The council is supporting the plans on the condition a section 106 agreement is put in place on parking and improvements to the town.

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10:40am Fri 8 Aug 14

Mookazoid says...

are they going to leave all the lights on 24/7 in the new building too like they do in the existing one?
are they going to leave all the lights on 24/7 in the new building too like they do in the existing one? Mookazoid
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11:08am Fri 8 Aug 14

Geoff66 says...

Ahh that's interesting, i think a lot of people like me, were thinking they were going to build on the old TH White's site rather than in their existing car park.

To be truthful I am surprised they haven't done a deal with the Dowager Countess to use her hospital car park.... i was wondering whether that was the reason it was taking so long for it to be finished.
Ahh that's interesting, i think a lot of people like me, were thinking they were going to build on the old TH White's site rather than in their existing car park. To be truthful I am surprised they haven't done a deal with the Dowager Countess to use her hospital car park.... i was wondering whether that was the reason it was taking so long for it to be finished. Geoff66
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8:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Crispin Mount says...

We can rest assured the Masonic connection (Rothschilds) and a registered political donation of £108,750 to the Conservative Party from the founder will help ensure planning permission from CDC is but a mere formality.
We can rest assured the Masonic connection (Rothschilds) and a registered political donation of £108,750 to the Conservative Party from the founder will help ensure planning permission from CDC is but a mere formality. Crispin Mount
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9:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Col Mustard says...

CDC Planning gives you permission for a lot less than £108k !
CDC Planning gives you permission for a lot less than £108k ! Col Mustard
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9:47am Sat 9 Aug 14

MR DOBBY says...

THEY WILL GET WHAT THEY WANT,CTC AND CDC ARE JUST WAITING TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO TO LINE THERE POCKETS.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN BUILT IN LOVE LANE.
THEY WILL GET WHAT THEY WANT,CTC AND CDC ARE JUST WAITING TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO TO LINE THERE POCKETS. SHOULD HAVE BEEN BUILT IN LOVE LANE. MR DOBBY
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1:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Rex Cooper says...

Headline is completely misleading. Yes lots of concerns and hot air from yjr likes of Cllr Adams but the town council UNANIMOUSLY approved the plans. Why do town councillors pretend they have any real power ? Just a talking shop
Headline is completely misleading. Yes lots of concerns and hot air from yjr likes of Cllr Adams but the town council UNANIMOUSLY approved the plans. Why do town councillors pretend they have any real power ? Just a talking shop Rex Cooper
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

safetyaware says...

If the Planning Committee spoke to SJP they would find out what is going on. SJP wanted to build a car park on the old T H White site but this was apparently thrown out by CDC - they want a nursing home built on the site (CDC apparently own part of the site). SJP are looking for alternative parking to run a 'Park & Ride' for their employees. The 'T H White' car park would have been available to the public at w/e's! This is what SJP told me anyway, believe it or not.
If the Planning Committee spoke to SJP they would find out what is going on. SJP wanted to build a car park on the old T H White site but this was apparently thrown out by CDC - they want a nursing home built on the site (CDC apparently own part of the site). SJP are looking for alternative parking to run a 'Park & Ride' for their employees. The 'T H White' car park would have been available to the public at w/e's! This is what SJP told me anyway, believe it or not. safetyaware
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6:25am Wed 13 Aug 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Land deals, planning permissions & snake oil salesmen make it sound like the Cotswold Water Park scandal.
Land deals, planning permissions & snake oil salesmen make it sound like the Cotswold Water Park scandal. Olly Cromwell
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5:32pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Rex Cooper says...

The truth about all this is about as elusive as......... elusive as The CDC cabinet. My take is not ready to tell for fear I may be right !
The truth about all this is about as elusive as......... elusive as The CDC cabinet. My take is not ready to tell for fear I may be right ! Rex Cooper
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