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PLANNING APPLICATION
LAND AT ALLOTMENT GARDENS, STATION ROAD, BLOCKLEY.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 18th SEPTEMBER

COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL REF:
(Click this link)
- 14/03409/ FUL

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 deadline for public comments on this application is Thursday 18th September. This application affects not only current allotment holders but also the wider community, so please send your comments to Cotswold District Council before the deadline.


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


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
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.


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 ‘.

(above) Map showing proposed submissions

(below) Suggested letter template for your letter of support.

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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