Pledge to build public pool at lakeside development in Fairford
A LAKESIDE developer has had a closed meeting with Fairford Town Council to discuss design plans for a controversial tourist estate and swimming pool.
Cygnet Investments gained outline planning permission to build 77 pavilions, 63 apartments and a leisure complex at Lakes 103, 103a and 104 and land at Milestone House in July 2010.
The development was heavily criticised and opposed by local residents and an unsuccessful application was made by the Fairford Environmental Society to have an area of land around Lake 104 classified as a village green to prevent it from being developed.
However, Fairford Town Council and Cotswold District Council backed the plans.
Now Cygnet Investments has around nine months to have design details or “reserved matters” approved by Cotswold District Council’s planning committee within a three year deadline or risk losing permission to build the holiday homes.
At last week’s meeting with Fairford town councillors, Cygnet Investments pledged to build a 25-metre swimming pool for the use of nearby residents, rather than the reduced 18-metre pool that had previously been settled on.
However, a section 106 loophole from 2010 still stands and the developer is not obliged to start work on the ‘pay-as-you-go’ leisure complex until 130 out of 140 properties have been built.
The presentation to councillors also revealed that the London Road site, which will be accessed from the A417, is set to contain eco-friendly holiday homes of up to three storeys in height, made of Cotswold stone and wood cladding.
Fairford Town Council will now wait for an application to be submitted to Cotswold District Council to discuss the council’s view.