March 2008

Bloor and Persimmon Homes (the house builders behind this development) will need to build zero-carbon homes after 2016 (when most houses in this development will be built) and significantly reduced carbon emission homes before this. Given this recent report can we believe they can meet these targets?:

Click here to see the report from the Housing Corporation (look at the executive summary for a quick look).

Heres a list of current members of Cheltenham Borough Council as of 14 March 2008.
From the Council website here

Here is a report just published by the Cheltenham Centre for Change. It discusses the challenges for Cheltenham in the future considering climate change and the rising price of oil. Its something we all need to consider, but it is particularly relevant when considering impact on future growth plans.
Please read Part 4 – Current Government Strategy towards Growth and Development. This covers the Government thinking behind the RSS in simple language.

The Impact of Climate Change and Peak Oil in Cheltenham

The Swindon Parish Council resolves:

.        that it should inform the Secretary of State for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs that it considers that the acceptance of the South West
Region Spatial Strategy would be premature  until the Pitt Review: ‘Learning
Lessons from the 2007 Floods’ is published and its recommendations and
conclusions have been responded to by the Environmental Agency;

.        that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
should ensure that the Environment Agency responses have been put into place
and the impact of development in the area from which flooding has occurred
and is predicted to occur within the next 100 years should be measurable
using the latest tools which themselves have been revised since the  floods
of 2007;

.        that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
should resolve to protect the Green Belt around Cheltenham from any breaches
– this is important having regard to the limitation of urban sprawl and
particularly so on this small Green Belt which cannot withstand boundary
variation without, in turn, a breach of the boundary.

Gloucestershire Echo have published an article on last Fridays Public Meeting at the council offices where Martin Horwood MP and Mark Calway (representing Laurence Robertson MP) attended. The article title is “Save The Countryside from New Houses”. See the online edition here:

the article

You can publish your own comments on the website. Please do.

The proposed area of house building is below:

Site location

An early sketch master plan (subject to change) – click to enlarge:
(note that this plan was produced before upping the housing targets by 1000 houses)


You can view these documents, plus many more here at Cheltenham Councils website.

The meeting on Friday night was attended by 75 people, and a number of ideas came out of it. It is clear that both the MPs are very opposed to the RSS. We need to work to make sure that local Council’s are.
  1. MPs on an all Gloucestershire level to coordinate opposition to RSS – JW to write letter to Martin Horwood et al thanking him for attendance on Friday to initiate this.
  2. Council’s to think about referendum or poll on the issue.
  3. ‘Save the Countryside’ to to register where people stand on the RSS issue and current major housing proposals
  4. During the period after the Sec of State has published the final RSS for public consultation – a series of activities to be organised by ‘Save the Countryside’. This to be major item on the agenda of the next meeting.
  5. All Local Authorities to be pressed to take a stance against RSS.
  6. One of the demands is that Ministers must take into account the Pitt report on flooding before decisions are made.
  • Our next meeting is on 23rd April at 6.00pm at the Municipal Offices Cheltenham
  • On 17th March at CBC Council meeting (2.30pm Municipal Offices) a motion will be put to the Council opposing the RSS. Officers are deadly opposed to this and are making dire threats against us.
  • On 25th March Swindon Village Parish Assembly will meet to discuss the issue.
  • People to continue lobbying Councillors (especially in Tewkesbury), collecting petitions, delivering leaflets etc. In particular, to refer people to the website ‘
  • Elections are coming up in Cheltenham and candidates need to be put on the spot regarding where they stand on this issue.

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