The Eastington Community News Magazine for August/Sept is running a poll to try to establish the strength of feeling across the whole of Eastington Parish. This will be put to the planners, and could make all the difference!
PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS SURVEY.
The survey is now closed and we have around 100 new objections (and just half a dozen support statements) to send to the planners – (and most of the support statements cam from non-Eastington people!)
The “Eco Park” Development Proposal:
Personal reflections of a resident on why we should object.
Continue reading Jo’s Article in June ECN
Ecotricity and the Local Plan
The NPPF, the Government’s planning guideline, whilst promoting a presumption in favour of sustainable development, requires that primacy be given to adopted Local Development Plans. Stroud has had an adopted Local Plan since December 2015.
The Strategic Objectives of the Stroud Local plan require that all new development be ‘in, or adjacent to, or an extension of’ existing settlements and facilities. The Plan prioritises six Strategic sites, adjacent to our large market towns, and the regeneration of brownfield sites in the Stroud Valleys. These priorities do not include this site.
- Strategic Objective SO2 : “Providing for a strong, diverse, vibrant local economy that enables balanced economic growth……..across the District”
- This proposal is the opposite of “diverse” and “balanced” – a honeypot site sucking in commuters, whilst putting at risk the strategically planned, balanced and genuinely more sustainable employment sites for Cam and Dursley, Berkeley/Sharpness, Hardwicke/Hunts Grove and Stonehouse .
- Ecotricity have tried to suggest that the detail of the Local Plan does not contain sufficient provision for future employment space. Stroud refute this utterly, and are supported both by the Government Inspector and by accredited independent evaluation.
- Strategic Objective SO5: “maximising the re-use of buildings”…and “Promoting the use of …. brownfield land”
- The proposal would clearly hinder this objective, by building on greenfield land and disadvantaging potential equivalent brownfield development in the Stroud valleys.
- Strategic Objective SO4: “promoting healthier alternatives to theuse of the private car”
- Given the distance to the train station, the meagre bus service and the unliklyhood of the A419 being improved sufficiently to make cycling or walking comfortable, the main access to this will be by car. In addition, the honeypot nature of this site is likely to cause replacement of sustainably located jobs.
The Core Policies are concerned with the translation of the objectives into more detailed planning policies:-
- Core Policy CP2 says that “The policies within the Local Plan identify designated areas where balanced housing, employment and retail development are considered appropriate”
- This site is NOT so designated and MUST therefore be considered inappropriate.
- Core Policy CP14 says it supports “high quality development which protects, conserves and enhances the built and natural environment….and which ….. produces no unacceptable levels of air, noise, light or pollution…”
- This proposal clearly does not enhance the natural environment – but a football stadium would generate a level of noise and light unacceptable to residents nearby – not least to the existing vulnerable people at William Morris College right next door.
- Core Policy CP15 says “In order to protect the separate identity of settlements and the quality of the countryside …. Proposals outside identified settlement development limits will not be permittedexcept” …(…where the development is ‘essential’… )…
- The proposal is totally outside settlement development limits and is certainly not essential in the context of this policy.
- Core policy CP15 does allow for the provision of sport, leisure and tourism facilities where this protects the quality of and promotes public enjoyment of the countryside.
- This proposal is clearly not designed to protect the countryside or promote the public’s enjoyment of it.
The proposal is contrary to the Local Development Plan and would normally be refused unless material considerations indicate otherwise. If the words ‘material considerations’ are twisted far enough to allow this proposal then no-where in the district is safe from inappropriate development.
Any one is entitled to object to a planning application.
- And you can do so as often as you like – in particular whenever a new piece of ‘information’ comes to the fore.
You can do so by going on-line to the Stroud website by clicking This Link or you can write to The Planning Office at Ebley Mill, Stroud and quote ref: S.16/0043/OUT. Be sure to make clear that you are objecting (rather than just commenting, say) and give one or two (not a dozen!) good planning-based reasons. The following are all valid reasons, which you can adapt to your own ‘voice’
Continue reading How Do I Object to the Planning Application?
Findings of Desk Top Review of Documents Submitted to SDC Planning (15/05/2017)
At the time of writing, approximately 530 supportive statements have been received (many on a pre-printed ‘form’), some coming from as far as Edinburgh, Bradford , London and Norwich. To date approximately 155 objecting statements have been received.
I have outlined below the main reasons that have been given in support of the proposal. More often than not, they are the same reasons that other people are using to oppose the development so hopefully this will give you a clearer insight into the debate…………
Continue reading Jo’s Review of Responses
Forest Green Rovers (and/or associates) have apparently plied their supporters with a postcard ‘form’ on which to express support for the Ecotricity scheme by ticking boxes, as below and sending in to SDC. You can see them on the Stroud planning website (search ref: S.16/0043/OUT) – they will count as letters of support.
You may wish to write to counter these arguments – which is not too hard to do! – Go on to the website above, or write to the Planning Office at Ebly Mill and quote the reference S.16/0043/OUT.
Read on to see some of their points and our answers….
Continue reading Answers on a postcard…
Under the leadership of Jo-anne Bradford, Eastington parishioners are invited to join in the campaign to see off this major threat to our parish.
You do not have to be an activist – just to want your voice to be heard in defence of the parish you love.
Please use the contact form on our Welcome page to let us know that you want to support Keep Eastington Rural.
See the article in the June/July edition of ECN!
For once the Stroud News and Journal took the trouble to write a reasonably balanced article, which does give a flavour of the supposed pros and cons, and what people are saying.
KER maintains that much of the ‘pro’ argument is pure wishful thinking but it is useful to take note of these fantasies!
Click here to open the article in pdf format, to read or download
A Public consultation drop-in meeting was hosted by Ecotricity
in the Village Hall on 4th Feb 2016.
The Parish Council took an ‘exit poll’ from all those attending, the results of which were as follows:
Total residents residents
Those saying 'NO' to the proposal 117 101 16
Those saying 'YES' to the proposal 23 16 7
Those who responded 'Don't Know' 10 7 3
Total responses: 150 124 26