Clifton-Brown: Government's proposal to help build on brownfield land is great news

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COTSWOLD MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has welcomed news that the Government will be providing funding to help local councils build on brownfield sites.

The policy, which was announced this month, aims to preserve greenfield sites by building on previously-developed brownfield land to deliver up to 200,000 planning permissions for new homes across the country.

The Government is asking councils to put in place local development orders which can provide brownfield sites with outline planning permission to speed up the building of new homes, and is making a £5 million funding pot available to help local planning authorities create the first 100 sites with local development orders.

Mr Clifton-Brown said: “As planning in the Cotswolds has always been extremely tight, not least of which because of the AONB, we do not have that many brownfield sites. However for those that we do have, such as Tetbury, this scheme is welcome news. It is infinitely better to build on brownfield or previously used land, than to keep using significant areas of productive agricultural land.

“A prime example of this is the new estate which I visited in Upper Rissington, which will provide not only quality designed houses, but also a new school, for which I turned the first turf, a new shop, a connection to mains gas as well as efficient water and sewerage systems for the existing houses in Upper Rissington.

“I will strongly encourage Cotswold District Council to take up the scheme wherever opportunities exist. ”

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10:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Col Mustard says...

This is a desperate attempt by the Conservatives not loose voters with both an Election coming up and a proposal to build 2500 houses on land capable of food production. If anyone seriously thinks CDC will cease its policy of approving "Everything Everywhere" then they are deluded. CDC failed to produce a local housing plan which meant everything got approved. Now with the Election due GCB doesn't want his majority in jeopardy with voters hacked off by having stuff built at the bottom of their garden...... This proposal attempts to preserve one thing , an MP's ability to keep claiming expenses and attend the House of Commons that sits for 145 days in 2014. The average worker in England works 15 weeks more than MP's ...... Witness Cameron on Holiday while genocide is carried out in Iraq..... Time to get rid of all of this !

Eradicate the LibLabCon...
This is a desperate attempt by the Conservatives not loose voters with both an Election coming up and a proposal to build 2500 houses on land capable of food production. If anyone seriously thinks CDC will cease its policy of approving "Everything Everywhere" then they are deluded. CDC failed to produce a local housing plan which meant everything got approved. Now with the Election due GCB doesn't want his majority in jeopardy with voters hacked off by having stuff built at the bottom of their garden...... This proposal attempts to preserve one thing , an MP's ability to keep claiming expenses and attend the House of Commons that sits for 145 days in 2014. The average worker in England works 15 weeks more than MP's ...... Witness Cameron on Holiday while genocide is carried out in Iraq..... Time to get rid of all of this ! Eradicate the LibLabCon... Col Mustard
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10:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

GWS Observer says...

Although building on brownfield land does not provide an adequate solution to meeting the additional new homes targets which Cotswold District Council have been asked to meet in the Cotswolds it does represent a step in the right direction. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP is therefore right to exhort the district council to take this up.
However, most would agree that more needs to be done to scale back to more manageable and sensible proportions the planned 2500 new homes to be built at Chesterton, not because of the impact on traditional Conservative voters alluded to above, but because Cirencester cannot cope with such a disproportionate development without equally massive infrastructure improvements that will impact adversely on the unique character of this much-loved Cotswold market town.
I think it is fair to say that the draft Local Plan will receive very close scrutiny during its public consultation stages, particularly to ensure that Cirencester is not being asked by Cotswold District Council to bear an unfair proportion of the Coalition Government's housing targets, when the burden should be more evenly distributed to the centres of economic and employment growth in Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham and along the M4/M5 corridors.
Although building on brownfield land does not provide an adequate solution to meeting the additional new homes targets which Cotswold District Council have been asked to meet in the Cotswolds it does represent a step in the right direction. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP is therefore right to exhort the district council to take this up. However, most would agree that more needs to be done to scale back to more manageable and sensible proportions the planned 2500 new homes to be built at Chesterton, not because of the impact on traditional Conservative voters alluded to above, but because Cirencester cannot cope with such a disproportionate development without equally massive infrastructure improvements that will impact adversely on the unique character of this much-loved Cotswold market town. I think it is fair to say that the draft Local Plan will receive very close scrutiny during its public consultation stages, particularly to ensure that Cirencester is not being asked by Cotswold District Council to bear an unfair proportion of the Coalition Government's housing targets, when the burden should be more evenly distributed to the centres of economic and employment growth in Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham and along the M4/M5 corridors. GWS Observer
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6:12pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Pentheus says...

House building is riddled with corruption

Bathhurst/GCB/Lyndon
Stowe all Conservatives

Just google "Conservatives House builder donations" there is yards of it...
The CEO of Berkeley Homes Tony Pidgely even spoke at the Conservative Conference 2011 on How to manage growth ! Growth in your bank balance.....

Ask GCB to deny his party is funded in part by house builders......
There followed a silence that was long................
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House building is riddled with corruption Bathhurst/GCB/Lyndon Stowe all Conservatives Just google "Conservatives House builder donations" there is yards of it... The CEO of Berkeley Homes Tony Pidgely even spoke at the Conservative Conference 2011 on How to manage growth ! Growth in your bank balance..... Ask GCB to deny his party is funded in part by house builders...... There followed a silence that was long................ . Pentheus
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6:20pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Olly Cromwell says...

I'm afraid it's too little & too late for the Cotswolds.

The abject failure by Geoffrey's chums on Tory District Council to produce a Local development Plan has meant they are now squeezing out the relevant numbers from those easy green field sites like Chesterton Farm.

The Local Plan will not be complete until summer 2016; the bulldozers & greedy developers will have free reign until then !

You'd be forgiven for thinking it was a deliberate policy in order to allow landowners to cash-in before the deadline.
I'm afraid it's too little & too late for the Cotswolds. The abject failure by Geoffrey's chums on Tory District Council to produce a Local development Plan has meant they are now squeezing out the relevant numbers from those easy green field sites like Chesterton Farm. The Local Plan will not be complete until summer 2016; the bulldozers & greedy developers will have free reign until then ! You'd be forgiven for thinking it was a deliberate policy in order to allow landowners to cash-in before the deadline. Olly Cromwell
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