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Proposals for housing development at Draycott Road, Blockley

The Parish Council has received an email today (21st August 2014) from Cala Homes regarding proposals for housing development at Draycott Road, Blockley.  Cala Homes have asked for a consultation meeting with the Parish Council. BPC will discuss this further, but – drawing on the discussions and public consultation that took place earlier this year on possible housing sites – the Council would intend to decline this invitation to consult, and to oppose any proposed development on this site.


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

Until new telephone arrangements are finalised, please use the following number,
and your message will be passed on to Sharon: 01386 700240.


SHAPING THE FUTURE OF YOUR SETTLEMENTS

LOCAL GREEN SPACES

Cotswold District Council have approached Blockley Parish Council to seek their engagement in identifying ‘Local Green Spaces ‘.

The initial correspondence from CDC is copied below. This explains the process required to achieve such designation.

In accordance with their guidance BPC have identified and submitted an initial set of plans indicating potential sites for designation as Local Green Spaces. Please see below for the plans submitted for Blockley, Aston Magna, Draycott and Paxford.

Some of the sites initially identified are in Parish ownership. These will be excluded from the final submission.

The initial timescale for this exercise was extremely short – again !! Consequently the initial submission was made without wider consultation. CDC have now responded and given a rather vague response on finalizing sites for submission.

Their reply can be found following the initial letter. Basically – the number of sites should be resticted.

Following representations from BPC the deadline for final submissions has now been extended to 1st August 2014.

This still leaves only a short time to complete this exercise – there is a ‘toolkit’ which will have to be completed for every site suggested.

If you have views on what should or should not be included can you please reply as soon as possible to:
mbryan@btinternet.com

Reply from CDC to initial submissions -

We have been advising Parishes that it is better to select a few sites. As filtering the sites down, to two or three you consider the most important will bolster your case.

Putting the information on the Parish website to obtain a wider view is really good idea.

When considering the sites you would like to put forward refer back to the information that accompanies the toolkit (page 2) and the guidance set out in the National Planning Policy framework, in particular 77. See in bold. Emphasise what makes the sites special to your community…

• where the green area is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

We have also been advising Parishes to discount sites they Parish own as you are in the best place to protect them.

In our earlier conversation today you mentioned the allotments, as they are not in the ownership of the Parish Council this site could potentially benefit from the designation.

Parish Council submissions -



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