SWALLOWCROFT APPEAL HEARING
Details and dates on the Swallowcroft information page
DEVELOPERS MAKE THEIR MOVE
Hitchens group reject local democracy
The Hitchins group of developers has announced it wants to build 1500 houses - and a whole lot more - on the green fields between Nupend and Stonehouse. It's the "West of Stonehouse" area so named to make it sound urban ... rather than "North Eastington" which it actually is by Parish boundary.
The plan includes:
1500 dwellings inc 30% affordable. A mix of housing across the site.
10 hectares of employment land. This is 10%of the total development. It is in addition to the employment area at Oldends Lane
Local centre for shopping and "potential" social and community infrastructure.
Primary School. NB 1500 homes is twice the size of Eastington which has one primary school. Schools are also usually built AFTER the houses start to be occupied.
Sport pitches and playgrounds
Main vehicle access is off the A419 "Shell Roundabout" via a new road off the lane going towards Whitminster. The main route off the estate into Stonehouse is via the Oldends Lane level crossing.
Proposed Green buffer between new housing and Nupend / Nastend .. although Hitchins or another developer might still have options on that land.
Environmental screening and other protection of existing public footpaths (minus the green fields they currently go across of course !)
The developers say that Stroud Council does not have the housing plans in place to meet future needs. It says that the area was included in draft proposals but taken out. It says the area best needs the future needs of Stroud and protects other areas.
In fact the area WAS included in drafts but after two years of local debate and discussion it was taken out as it is not needed. Furthermore, even if more housing was needed there are other sites that can take additional numbers.
Stroud REJECTED the one BIG BANG Kingsway / Quedgeley solution to future housing needs in the district but Hitchins Group want to over turn the local decision.
At a consultation meeting on 21 / 11 / 13 consultants acting for Hitchins made it quite clear they expected plans to be rejected locally and expect to go to appeal to have the plan decided on by a planning inspector
READ the Stroud Life article HERE : STROUD LIFE 13 / 11 / 13
READ the Stroud News and Journal article here : SNJ 13 / 11/ 13
DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
West of Stonehouse rejected
26th July 2013
Stroud District Council signed off its Draft Local Housing Plan this week. Councillors from across the District finally agreed that building a huge Quedgeley style new town on the edge of Stroud is not a good idea.
Previously numbers had been reduced .. then the site was placed as an "reserve" area .. now its not even allocated for housing either now or as a"reserve" site in the future.
Whilst the battle may be over the war certainly isn't. The plan now needs to go out for further public consultation and then get passed the eyes of a Government Inspector. We might also expect an incoming mega planning application from Hitchins anytime soon to try and get ahead of the new housing plan. That said, the OLD plan says no housing there and the NEW plan says no housing there.
See STROUD LIFE article :
26th July 2013
The developer has appealed the decision below (no surprise there then) and a government Inspector will now decide. It wont be a PUBLIC inquiry. The Inspector will look at all the submitted evidence, visit the site, and make the decision in the comfort of his / her office.
Those who live adjacent to the site can ask the inspector to visit their homes to see the impact from their viewpoint. The operative word is "see" .. he wont talk about it ! But those are the rules.
14 May 2013
Stroud District Council's Development Control Committee tonight unanimously rejected the plans to build the so called "Swallowcroft extension".
The next move lies with the developer who can accept the decision or go to appeal.
It should be noted that this is the 14th attempt to build on this area of land (or adjacent land) and all have been rejected either by SDC or at appeal.
PROTEST SHOWS COUNCILLORS TRUE EXTENT OF SWALLOWCROFT EXTENSION (May 2013)
Developers can be sneaky! A casual observer might think that the helpfully erected fence on fields by Swallowcroft mark the extent of the proposed development.
But they dont .. its much bigger.
So when Stroud DC's councillors came on a sight visit, KER and concerned neighbours helpfully marked out the real boundary with sawdust !
And because the developers want to make out that building three storey high houses will have no impact on the visual skyline, KER and concerned neighbours helpfully built REAL SIZE house frames ... the balloons mark the height.
and here you can see the sawdust line and the height of the corner house.. again note the impact on existing Swallowcroft bungalows
DEVELOPERS TARGET SWALLOWCROFT
High rise intensive development plans go in to Stroud Council
Promised "consultation" with Parish Council vanishes after developers submit plans before planned meeting !!
This is just the first step. The developers are leaving road access from the area above onto the rest of fields.
There's more on this development, and detaiils of how to object, on the Swallowcroft extension 2013 tab.