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A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal that would have allowed the construction of 70 homes outside the existing settlement boundary of a Wiltshire village, after accepting that the local planning authority was able to demonstrate a five year supply of housing land.28 Apr 2015.Planning, Housing, Private, rentals
Planning expert Jo Miles of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said “the decision demonstrates the importance to local authorities of ensuring that they have a local plan in place that is backed up by robust evidence of housing land supply.”
Developer Beechcroft Land Ltd had applied to Wiltshire Council in December 2013 for outline planning permission to build up to 70 homes on two fields at the edge of the built up area of the village of Cricklade. The Council refused permission in May 2014 and Beechcroft appealed.
Following a hearing in December, planning inspector Stephen Brown issued his decision letter (9-page / 184 KB PDF) on 15 April. The inspector disagreed with Beechcroft’s claim that the Council was unable to demonstrate a five year supply of housing land, as had been found in a 2014 appeal (48-page / 371 KB PDF). Brown said the latest evidence produced by the Council showed the position on housing land supply had changed since the previous appeal. He noted that the Wiltshire Core Strategy had been found sound in December 2014 and adopted in January and that the examining inspector had been satisfied that a five year supply of deliverable sites had been demonstrated.
The inspector considered that the development proposal “would not be justified in the light of the WCS”. He noted that sites for 113 new homes needed to be found by 2026 in nine settlements in the community area that included Cricklade and that the WCS anticipated this housing development would be “in the form of small sites of less than 10 dwellings”. He said that allowing 70 homes on one site in Cricklade would “skew provision away from other settlements” and, considering the proximity of Cricklade to Swindon, would run counter the stated aim in the WCS of reducing out-commuting.
Brown also considered that building on fields ran counter to the principle in the National Planning Policy Framework that the re-use of previously developed land should be encouraged, given that there were “opportunities in Cricklade for housing on previously developed land”. He said allowing such a large development on greenfield land would “prejudice the process of establishing a new settlement boundary for Cricklade … and particularly the opportunity for the community to review the boundary by means of the [emerging] neighbourhood plan”.
Turning to the sustainability of the proposal, Brown considered that, whilst Cricklade was a suitable location for “modest levels of development”, the proposed development “would not be well integrated with the town as a whole”, would be “likely to prejudice opportunities for brownfield development of brownfield land” and would “fail to protect the countryside around Cricklade”.
Miles said, “this decision highlights how councils can strengthen their case at appeal by progressing and adopting an up to date local plan backed up by robust evidence of housing land supply. In light of the appeal backlog for which the planning inspectorate has recently apologised, developers may increasingly find themselves in a position where the planning policy justification for their proposals diminishes between the time that they submit their application and the date on which a determination is made.”
The agenda for Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board, Wednesday, 26th November, 2014, 6.30 pm has been published.
To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site
Meeting venue: Cricklade Town Hall, High St, Cricklade SN6 6AE
The following items are included in the agenda:
|1||Chairman’s Welcome and Introductions|
|2||Apologies for Absence|
|4||Declarations of Interest|
|5||Wiltshire – The Wider Picture|
|6||Spotlight on Partners|
|7||Cricklade Campus Pre-Planning Consultation.
Consultation Report – http://ow.ly/EP0SN.
|8||Local Youth Network (LYN) and Management Committee|
|9||Neighbourhood Planning Update|
|10||Community-led Planning Report|
|11||Community Asset Transfer – Land at Marlowe Way, Royal Wootton Bassett|
|12||Investing in our Community|
|13||Spotlight on Parishes|
|14||Task Group Updates|
The Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Our Community Matters website :-
The following results were announced by the Wiltshire Deputy Returning Officer, Caroline Rudland at the end of the Count for the election held on November 6th. 2014, following a vacancy on Cricklade Town Council..
The Total Votes cast were 660. The turnout was 19.77%
Peter Colmer received 349 votes. John Harmer 311 . Peter Colmer was duly elected as a councillor for the Cricklade Town Council .
Peter Colmer returns to public life following a period out of public life, recovering from major spinal surgery. He did not attend the count and was nor available for comment.
Following 3 years of developing designs for the campus and working closely with community groups and residents, Cricklade SCOB – comprising of local volunteers appointed by the Area Board – would like to share with you the plans as part of the pre-planning consultation process. This will be your opportunity to comment on the design proposals and we welcome your feedback.
The campus plans represent a significant investment into Cricklade by Wiltshire Council – existing facilities will be extensively refurbished and new facilities and community services added including an extended gym, facilities for police and Wiltshire Council officers to hot desk, new changing rooms for wet and dry activities, a multi-use games area and an external face-lift.
The plans will be available at Cricklade Leisure Centre from 22 October until 5 November. Roadshows will also be taking place throughout Cricklade and the surrounding area later this month – all residents are invited to attend these roadshows to have their say on the proposals. Look out for posters and communications with the roadshow dates and times.
If you have any questions in advance of the preview exhibition, please email CampusConsultation@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone 01225 718350.
The following results were announced by the Wiltshire Deputy Returning Officer, Claire Shoesmith at the end of the Count for the election . The Total Votes cast were 646. The turnout was 19.39% John Nevill received 402 votes. Trevor Stinton 238 Votes not valid 6. John Nevill was duly elected as a councillor for the Cricklade Town Council .
Following the resignation of Cllr Norman, a By-election has been called. Anyone wishing to be nominated to become a Councillor has the opportunity to do so (providing they meet the qualifying criteria) and should read the information on the Wiltshire Council website –
Researchers gathering opinions on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, have started a new phase of a large-scale phone survey. Continue reading
Can you complete the challenge and walk the whole way around Wiltshire?
The Wiltshire walking challenge starts in Cricklade and visits 27 different towns and attractions around the county. Plot your progress on the map by inputting either the number of steps, or number of miles you have completed.
To support you to count your daily steps we are offering a free pedometer, so please click here to enter your details (address) and we will pop one in the post Continue reading
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The New Year will bring some new focus in various parts of the town and district’s lives.
Planning, and opportunistic large-scale applications by developers must remain top of our “watch-out” list. Ridgeway farm was a great disappointment; but we must beware of several similar applications to follow. Continue reading