Latest information 22nd April
At yesterday's Planning Meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to refused this application, largely due to the development not being more carbon-neutral.
The application may now go to appeal, or Miller may address the issues underlying refusal and reapply.
Lastest information 21st April
The application is being heard at the CBC planning committee meeting this evening. Please see the Parish Council presentation which will be given by Cllr Mears. HERE
Latest information 24th March 2022
This applicaion was before the CBC planning committee meeting on 24th March but was again deferred.
The onus is now on the applicant to respond to the points raised at the meeting; the application was deferred on three grounds:
- The use of gas boilers / climate change
- The lack of community facility or off-site contribution
- Wording of a highway condition in relation to the MPR junction improvements
Please see here the presentation being made by Cllr Adrian Mears, on behalf of the Parish Council. This was sent to all of the members of the panning committee in advance of the meeting.
Latest information February 9th 2022
CBC planning have confirmed that the application will not be heard at the February 17th CBC planning committee meeting. It is likely to be considered at the MArch 24th meeting.
Latest information December 17th
The Parish Council have been officially informed that the Miller Homes application, which was due to be discussed at the December 16th CBC planning committee meeting has been pulled. The PC were given no reasoning for this, however the Echo reported that the reason given was:
"We (CBC) feel, as officers, that it would be inappropriate to take all of those items verbally this evening. It would be more appropriate to amend the committee report to provide a little bit more detail on some of the issues that have arisen.
"Therefore the deferral is on the basis to allow us to do a more comprehensive report next time."
The Parish Council have been told the application will be back to a planning Committee meeting in February 2022
Latest information as at 19th November
CBC planning have confirmed that they are still aiming for 16th December planning committee to consider this application.
Another 45 New/Revised Documents were submitted on 19 November 2021
You can still write in with your comments. Please note that any previous comments you have made will stand so CBC are only looking for comments on the revised plans (31st August onwards)
You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest information as at 13th October
Latest informaton 9th September
Latest information 13th January 2021
Latest information 3rd December 2020
The Parish Council has submitted its response to the application, which can be viewed in full via this link.
The Parish Council welcomes the application in terms of providing more housing including 40% affordable housing that is much needed. The Council believes it will be a good development to live in. But in section 2 of the response the Council has had to object to the application on grounds of unacceptable damage to the valued landscape of the Leckhampton Fields. Further, in section 3 we have had to object because the development together with the new secondary school could create severe traffic congestion in the term-time peak morning traffic period unless the proposed improvement to the traffic flow at the A46/Moorend Park Road intersection can be made to work.
The Council believes the development is unlikely to pose any flooding risk to Warden Hill (see section 6 of the response). The Council has also made recommendations on ecology and wildlife protection (see section 5) and on pollution, carbon reduction and providing good foot and cycle access to the new secondary school for pupils in Leckhampton (see section 7).
Section 4 of the response discusses the future of the smallholdings along the public footpath. These smallholdings are part of the special landscape character that contributed to the area being identified as Valued Landscape by the Secretary of State in 2016. We are therefore very concerned to protect the landscape character along both sides of the footpath.
Miller Homes are proposing to convert the smallholdings on the south side of the footpath into a community meadow/orchard together with some small allotments and to retain the existing small apple orchard. This seems to us to have quite a lot of merit for landscape, ecology and public amenity. But we are interested in also preserving the hens/poultry that are part of the character and interest.
On the north side of the footpath Miller Homes are proposing to remove the smallholdings in order to make more room for housing. These smallholdings have a lot of interesting character and charm that certainly makes them part of the valued landscape. We are consulting with the existing tenants on whether these smallholdings are sustainable in the future, perhaps as a mix of smallholdings and public allotments and either at their current width (20 to 30 metres) or reduced in width to maybe 15 metres, enough to preserve the outbuildings. It is of course proposed in all events that the housing to the north of the smallholdings will need to be screened from view from the footpath by means of tall hedging and trees.
We would be very grateful if residents who use the footpath through the smallholdings could give the Parish Council any views they have on the future of the smallholdings, what they value in the smallholdings, and how best to protect their landscape value. Please send any comments you wish to make to: email@example.com or call 07739719079
Miller Homes Planning application 20/01788/FUL for 350 homes on the land at Shurdington Road, Leckhampton. Full planning application for residential development comprising 350 dwellings, open space, cycleways, footpaths, landscaping, access roads and other associated infrastructure.
Documents can be found via the link above and the Parish Council needs to respond by December 3rd, however the PC can, as can the public, respond up until the time that the application goes to committee. Likely to be January or February 2021. We will keep everyone posted.