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Villages & Parish Council News & Information

The Cotswold District Draft Local Plan

The Cotswold District Draft Local Plan is now out for public consultation until 27th February. It can be accessed via the link below, and hard copies can be viewed at the Moreton Area Office. Please take this opportunity to send your views/ concerns to CDC.


The draft plan shows CDC's proposed housing strategy for Blockley : 3 sites (Draycott Road : 22 dwellings); Sheafhouse Farm : 13 dwellings; and The Limes, Station Road : 16 dwellings.)

The allotments site is not now shown as a housing site,but instead as a proposed Local Green Space, together with the Water Board site. But CDC have not assessed the Draycott Road site and Colonel's Piece as potential Local Green Spaces.

If you have any queries/ comments please contact the Parish Council :
01386 700238; or email: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com

Cotswold District Local Plan

Blockley Conservation Area Review 

Blockley Parish Council has commissioned from RPS – one of Europe’s leading environmental consultancies – an independent review of the Blockley Conservation Area. This is part of the Parish Council’s initiatives designed to help protect vulnerable sites from unwelcome  development.  This comprehensive review has now been completed and sent to Cotswold District Council for their consideration. The Parish Council’s aim is to get CDC’s agreement to the recommendations regarding revised Conservation Area boundaries, as a matter of priority.  The review forms part of the evidence that BPC will be submitting to the District Council concerning its development strategy.

The review comprises a ranging survey looking at historical and cartographical evidence, and a site survey of the existing  Conservation Area and its setting. A summary of the results of these surveys is attached as annexes to the report, and reference to these explains the reasons behind the proposed boundary changes.

The review is available to read on the Parish Council website
and can be accessed by clicking on the links below

Blockley Boundaries 14-11-28 FINAL.pdf

Appendix 4 - Blockley Views 14-11-28.pdf

Please note these are extremely large files and may take several serconds to download.

“Update on CDC Local Plan Documents

The Parish Council has received a hard copy of CDC’s  Evidence Paper on Housing and Employment Site Allocations. This Paper, and its Appendices, are now  available on-line, and will be considered by the CDC Cabinet on 4th December. The recommendations in this Paper have been used by CDC to inform the Local Plan Development Strategy and Site Allocations document that will be out for public consultation for 6 weeks during January / February 2015.

An initial skim of the Evidence Paper reveals  three “preferred sites for housing development” in Blockley:

1. Little Shoe Broad (BK5) : 22 dwellings.
This site allegedly does not meet all the necessary criteria for designation as a Local Green Space.

2. Sheafhouse Farm (BK8): 13 dwellings, and -

3. Station Road (BK14A), opposite the allotments site : 16 dwellings.
( This site was put forward following the public consultation in Blockley earlier this year ).

Total: 51 dwellings.

The allotments site (BK11) is shown as a “reserve site” with a potential for 36 dwellings.  CDC has shown it as a reserve site because it meets all the criteria necessary for designation as a Local Green Space, (following the application made by the Parish Council)  so the site is now continuing through the Local Plan designation process, apparently.

Further updates to follow, but BPC wants to make this initial information available to Blockley residents as soon as possible. “

Cotswold District Citizens Advice Bureau

Free, confidential and impartial advice for residents of Cotswold District, helping with benefits, debt, employment, family, housing, consumer, and other problems.

Get advice online:
For information, and to email us, please go to: www.cotswoldcab.org.uk

Call us:
0808 800 0511 (Freephone)
Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Drop in:
2-3 The Mews, Cricklade Street, Cirencester GL7 1HY, Monday to Thursday, 10am-4pm

Outreach services also available at Northleach and Bourton-on-the-Water ​

Bob Skillern from Gloucestershire County Council Highways Department has sent the below notifications of installation of broadband cabinets.

Installation of Broadband Cabinets - Blockley All Sites.PDF

Moreton in Marsh - All Sites.PDF

The cabinets are part of the superfast broadband rollout for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire under
The Fastershire title. More info can be found on the following website:




(Click this link)
- 14/03409/ FUL

Application now withdrawn

A planning application has been made for a change of use of land to the north east of the existing allotments. This land is currently not cultivated, but the applicants (Strutt & Parker, agents for the landowner) are seeking to establish that it is suitable for allotments.

Blockley Cemetery

The Parish Council is saddened to report that in recent months there has been unauthorised
activity in Blockley cemetery. This has caused serious concern to the Council, and distress to local
parishioners whose loved ones are buried there.

In one area of the cemetery, trees were felled and shrubs cleared away, leaving a void where there
was previously a screen of vegetation. In addition, a bar swing was erected in a tree, which overhung
graves, and a number of wooden slats put on another tree.

Such activities are unlawful and amount to criminal damage, and will not be tolerated by the Parish
Council. If anyone has any information that could help to prevent this happening again, please
contact the Clerk on 01386 700238, or by email: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com

Mrs Sharon Henley
Clerk to Blockley Parish Council

New Parish Clerk

As from 19th August 2014, the Parish Council has a new Clerk, Mrs. Sharon Henley.
The best way to contact her is by email: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com
or by telephone on: 01386 700238.

Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS)

Cotswold District Council and Lloyds Bank has launched their first joint venture to provide a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS) to help Cotswold residents get on the housing ladder.  The scheme is designed for first time buyers who can afford mortgage repayments but don’t have enough savings for a large deposit.

It is hoped this scheme will help between 20 and 30 local buyers purchase a property in the area worth up to £237,500 provided they can put down a minimum deposit of 5%.  CDC has set aside £1 million to provide a cash-backed indemnity worth up to 20% of the value of the applicant’s mortgage enabling them to access a 95% mortgage at a lower interest rate offered to applicants with a larger deposit. 

It is a win, win, win situation. The deal allows local first-time buyers to own a property in its entirety without having to save for a large deposit and can access a lower interest rate mortgage.

Click here to download SAGE leaflet in .PDF format