‘We’re at capacity’ – call for no new homes
Plea for objections to any plans for housing
APARISH councillor has appealed for villagers to object to all new developments in Bishop’s Cleeve.
Councillor Andy Walker, of Bishop’s Cleeve parish council, said that the village is ‘at capacity’.
Mr Walker, 52, posted on social media saying: “There has been a great deal of concern regarding development in Bishop’s Cleeve over the last few months and years.
“Our community has benefited from the influx of bright young families who are committed to our village, and contribute to every aspect of village life.
“However, we have reached a point in the area where development has outstripped infrastructure.
“We are unable to sustain the current rate of development.
“The Parish Council will always object to further development without investment in infrastructure, but we must object as a community.
“It would be useful for residents to
attend every planning meeting in numbers.
“If we shout loudly enough we might be heard.”
This year Tewkesbury Borough Council has approved plans for 749 homes, the second highest number of all Gloucestershire’s councils, but none of these are in Bishop’s Cleeve.
In July its planning committee refused plans for 200 homes on fields off Stoke Road, near Bishop’s Cleeve, saying the development was ‘unsustainable.’
It’s understood that the developers are appealing that decision.
The village has a population of around 15,000, boosted in part by the recent developments of 450 homes in Homelands and 500 new homes in the Cleevelands development.
It’s also set to grow as house builder Persimmon wants to extend the Cleevelands site north by an extra 500 homes.
Mr Walker, who has lived in Bishop’s Cleeve for 10 years, said: “Bishop’s Cleeve has grown in size more than any other community in the South West of England in the last 10 years.
“As a result the increased population has had to adapt to its environment and has done so in spectacular fashion. Local schools, churches, the parish council and numerous groups in the village have stepped up to the mark and have tried to accommodate our new residents.
“Bishop’s Cleeve is at capacity. Without improved roads, extra schools, shops and other infrastructure we can’t hope to maintain our community.
“I would like to see the borough council reject any planning proposal until Bishop’s Cleeve has a plan to provide the services we so desperately need.”
Paul Skelton, technical planning manager at Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “We recognise that Bishop’s Cleeve has already experienced a significant amount of growth over the years.
“Whilst the village has been identified as a Rural Service Centre in the Joint Core Strategy the council is not proposing any significant further growth.
“Within the new Tewkesbury Borough Plan, which is currently being prepared, there are two new small sites totalling to approximately 120 homes planned for Bishop’s Cleeve.
“However, we do know that developers are interested in the area as a location for new development.
“The council strongly encourages local residents to have their say on any current applications and this can be done by submitting their comments through the council’s website.”
Without improved roads, schools, shops and other infrastructure we can’t hope to maintain our community