May 2010


AN EYESORE in Stoke Orchard is set to be revamped after villagers used their voice to sway committee members.

A fresh bid to regenerate the former Coal Research Establishment (CRE) was given the thumbs up by Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planning committee, even though it did not fit into its official policy.

Ashfield Land Management put in an application to transform the site into a 129-home mini-village, which would also include a community hall, office space, and new roads and sewerage.

Despite a planning officer’s recommendation to refuse the scheme, councillors decided it would be in the best interests of the village after a site visit last month…

See full article in the Gloucestershire Echo here

OUTCOME OF LETTER SENT BY SAVE THE COUNTRYSIDE TO ALL CHELTENHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL WARD COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION 6 MAY 2010

Letters with a questionnaire were sent out to the 64 candidates for the 20 Wards:

Political party No. of Candidates No. of responses
CONSERVATIVES 22 5
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS 22 14
GREEN PARTY 12 6
LABOUR PARTY 6 2
PEOPLE AGAINST BUREAUCRACY 2 1
+ ONE WITH ILLEGIBLE SIGNATURE 1

TOTAL 29 = 45% return

Leckhampton Ward was the only one where ALL the candidates responded.
NO candidates whatsoever responded from these Wards: St Paul’s, St Peter’s, Springbank

CANDIDATES’ RESPONSES TO QUESTIONNAIRE BY CUT-OFF DATE 1ST MAY 2010

Yes No ?
1 Should all empty houses be filled first before new homes are built? [ 27 ] [ 2 ] [ ]
2 Should brownfield land be developed first before any greenfield sites are considered? [ 28 ] [ 1 ] [ ]
3 Should garden land be removed from brownfield classification? [ 23 ] [ 6 ] [ ]
4 Should housebuilding be according to established local NEED? [ 29 ] [ ] [ ]
5 Should affordable homes be given priority? [ 26 ] [ 2 ] [ ? ]
6 Should housing instead be according to Central Government-imposed
targets as in the South West Regional Spatial Strategy (SWRSS) or
the virtually identical ‘Option 1’ figures which preceded it?
[ 1 ] [ 26 ] [ ?2]
7 Should large-scale development be permitted in the Green Belt? [ 1 ] [ 28 ] [ ]
8 Should Cheltenham and other Local Authorities with restricted land
areas surrounded by designations be penalised if they are unable to
prove a five year supply of available housing land?
[ 1 ] [ 28 ] [ ]
9 Should Planning Inspectors continue to be invited to ‘look favourably’
on any unplanned application if the Borough does not have a five
year supply of land?
[ ] [ 28] [ ? ]