‘In­vest’ plea as ex­tra homes added to plan

Call for new fa­cil­i­ties be­fore hous­ing is ‘shoe­horned’

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - Leigh BOOBYER [email protected]­plc.com

PLANS to build 166 homes in the north of Bishop’s Cleeve could be given the go-ahead next week de­spite a coun­cil­lor’s de­mands for com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

De­vel­oper Per­sim­mon Homes wants to add 40 smaller homes as part of a re­sub­mis­sion of plans to build 126 homes in the Cleeve­lands devel­op­ment.

But Coun­cil­lor Richard Stan­ley told the Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice that com­mu­nity cen­tres should be built be­fore these homes were “shoe­horned” into the vil­lage.

The builder has pro­posed that 40 per cent of the 166 homes would be af­ford­able and has ap­plied to build an area of pub­lic open space with an equipped play area, as well as a num­ber of green­ways through the hous­ing es­tate.

Per­sim­mon said the devel­op­ment was “sen­si­tive to the lo­cal con­text of Bishop’s Cleeve”.

The new pro­posal, known as phase 3 of the Cleeve­lands scheme, shows a greater num­ber of smaller houses – de­signed for cou­ples and small fam­i­lies – fit­ting into the ex­ist­ing hous­ing plan, re­plac­ing larger homes.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proves the pro­posal at its meet­ing next week.

The vil­lage has a pop­u­la­tion of around 15,000, boosted in part by the re­cent de­vel­op­ments of 450 homes in Home­lands and nearly 600 in the Cleeve­lands devel­op­ment, which were ap­proved by the Gov­ern­ment in 2012. The bor­ough coun­cil ap­pealed the de­ci­sion in the High Court, but the plans were given the go-ahead in 2013.

It is also set to grow. Per­sim­mon wants to ex­tend the Greenacres site north by an ex­tra 500 homes on fields op­po­site the Farm­ers’ Arms.

The Cleeve­lands devel­op­ment in­cludes 590 homes in the north of Bishop’s Cleeve split into five phases, with a new con­ve­nience store and re­tail spa­ces.

In 2017, a plan to ap­prove a 64-bed care home was ap­proved as part of the scheme.

Fenc­ing and signs were erected in April around the plot in Sap­phire Road, stat­ing: ‘Your new shop­ping cen­tre at Cleeve­lands’ is ‘com­ing 2020.’

Through­out the past year, Bishop’s Cleeve Par­ish Coun­cil, bor­ough coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents have raised con­cerns over a lack of in­fra­struc­ture in the vil­lage as large-scale hous­ing de­vel­op­ments are ap­proved.

Coun­cil­lor Stan­ley, who rep­re­sents the vil­lage, said: “Bishop’s Cleeve is a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity but its in­fra­struc­ture was not de­signed for a pop­u­la­tion the size of a small town. Res­i­dents are clear that they want to see in­vest­ment in ser­vices be­fore ad­di­tional hous­ing is ap­proved.

“Our com­mu­nity is still wait­ing for two long-over­due com­mu­nity cen­tres and this is­sue should be be­ing re­solved be­fore the de­vel­op­ers are per­mit­ted to shoe­horn in more hous­ing on an ex­ist­ing site.”

A de­sign and ac­cess state­ment sub­mit­ted by Per­sim­mon said it be­lieved the pro­posed devel­op­ment met the aims and ob­jec­tives of the out­line mas­ter­plan.

It also felt the de­sign was in keep­ing with the sur­round­ings and cre­ated “a sim­ple, el­e­gant and con­tem­po­rary char­ac­ter of its own whilst main­tain­ing the feel of a co­her­ent devel­op­ment”.

Per­sim­mon said it was com­mit­ted to build­ing a high-qual­ity devel­op­ment “sen­si­tive to the lo­cal con­text”. Its scheme aimed to make the most ef­fi­cient use of land, was ap­pro­pri­ate to the set­ting and pro­moted bet­ter ac­cess to lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties. It added that the lay­out also sup­ported crime preven­tion and com­mu­nity safety.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port, a plan­ning of­fi­cial said: “The prin­ci­ple of res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment on the site has been es­tab­lished and is con­sid­ered to ac­cord with joint core strat­egy and emerg­ing bor­ough plan poli­cies.”

Coun­cil­lors will de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion on Tues­day, from 10am.

Coun­cil­lor Richard Stan­ley says com­mu­nity cen­tres should be built be­fore the homes are ‘shoe­horned’ into Bishop’s Cleeve

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.