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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.
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
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.
2. Sheafhouse Farm (BK8): 13 dwellings, and -
3. Station Road (BK14A), opposite the allotments site : 16 dwellings.
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.
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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.
Moreton in Marsh - All Sites.PDF
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS HAS NOW PASSED
COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL REF:
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.
The Parish Council is saddened to report that in recent months there has been unauthorised
In one area of the cemetery, trees were felled and shrubs cleared away, leaving a void where there
Such activities are unlawful and amount to criminal damage, and will not be tolerated by the Parish
Mrs Sharon Henley
New Parish Clerk
As from 19th August 2014, the Parish Council has a new Clerk, Mrs. Sharon Henley.
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.