The next meeting of Shipston Town Council’s Planning Group is tomorrow (Monday) at 7pm in New Clark House. As always, members of the public are welcome, particularly those who have an interest in any of the applications.
The agenda is:
13/00294/REM Land At Stratford Road Shipston-on-Stour – Submission of reserved matters (appearance, layout, landscaping and scale) pursuant to planning permission ref: 11/00728/OUT in respect of the erection of 15 no. dwellings and associated vehicular garages; provision of public open space; provision of Local Area of Play (LAP); provision of car parking.
13/00352/TEL56 – STREET RECORD Market Place Shipston-on-Stour – Installation of 1 x openreach broadband cabinet (PCP002) at S/O 12 High Street, Shipston-on-Stour
13/00327/TREE – West Croft Old Road Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HE – T1: Yew – remove two branches overhanging neighbour’s property – G1: Western red cedar no 2- trim branches overhanging car park and right of way
13/00253/FUL – 4 Simpson Road Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4JT – Demolition of existing single storey side extension. Construction of proposed two storey side extension and single storey rear extension to create Granny flat.
The full documents can be seen on Stratford District Council’s website, and there’s a link on the right of the homepage of this site.
I talked in an earlier post about the Mencap’s proposed development in Shipston in an earlier post. Mencap came to talk about their proposals to a meeting of the Town Council’s planning working group (which I chair) and were generally favourably received. The Town Council will be deciding whether to support the scheme in September.
Shipston Town Council’s Planning Group is meeting on Monday to review three planning applications and talk to Mencap about possible development. The meeting open to the public, so please come along.
You can now see the latest planning applications in Shipston on Stour by clicking on the link on the far right of this page.
The link takes you through to Stratford District Council’s website – but straight to the Shipston on Stour section so you don’t have to fiddle about there. I’ve set it up so you can see all past planning applications, starting in January this year.
As you know, I chair the Town Council’s planning group – so if you’d like to make any comments on these please let me know (as well as emailing or writing to the District Council).
I mentioned at the Town Meeting that Shipston Town Council was in the process of developing a Town Design Statement (TDS).
A TDS is not about whether development should go ahead or not, but more about what should it should look like if it does. I’ve had at least one person on this blog complaining about the standard of design in the town – so this is your chance to help shape Shipston’s future. Design Statements are given some weight by the District Council in the planning process.
The questionnaire/consultation on this has begun, and it can be downloaded from the Town Council’s website here.
You can go along and see the exhibition in the library – it went up today and will be there for the next 2 weeks. If you don’t want to pay for printing out the questionnaire (very understandable!) copies are available from the library and from the Town Council offices.
It’s important that as many people as possible – so please either visit the exhibition, print the form off online, or pop into the Town Council.
If you want to ask any questions then fill in the form below.
I’ve had a look at the objections to the Hornsby Close development posted on the Stratford District Council website. Many of the reasons given for objection to the development will not be taken into consideration by planning officers (or the planning committee) because they are not ‘material considerations.’
I’ve done a quick google search (although I’ve sat on planning committee I’m NOT an expert) and there is a useful list of real grounds on the Government’s planning portal website which I reproduce here:
“Overlooking/loss of privacy
Loss of light or overshadowing
Effect on listed building and conservation area
Layout and density of building
Design, appearance and materials
Disabled persons’ access
Proposals in the Development Plan
Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
However, issues such as loss of view, or negative effect on the value of properties are not material considerations.
Unfortunately it gets a bit more complex because the District Council has a Local Plan and because of the Government’s new National Planning Policy Framework – which if you have a serious objection not included above its worth having a look at.
Put simply – if you’re complaining about property values or just the view from your house your objection may not carry that much weight – its best to find a reason from the list above. You can always speak to your local District Councillor, Richard Cheney or Jonathan Gullis, to get more detailed advice – they will be happy to help.
As an example, many of the arguments used in current objections were used in the objection to the development next to River Way – and the objectors lost.
I hope this helps and remember – I am not an expert, get some better qualified advice if you need it! One other thing – I haven’t made my mind up whether to support or oppose this on the Town Council yet.
Now that the District Council’s former offices in Telegraph Street in Shipston have been sold, a planning application is in. You can see it here, but briefly it asks for change of use to ‘Financial & Professional Services.’
Please comment to the District Council via the link above, but let me know your views using the form below.
Quick bit of news this morning. The proposed development on the land at the end of Hornsby Close has moved forward – and the planning application was online yesterday. You can see the application here.
I haven’t had the chance to look at it properly yet (that’s a job for this weekend) but I would welcome any comments – particularly as the Town Council only has 21 days to comment. Remember to also comment to the district Council directly.
Some of you will have seen my earlier post on this subject – so just to be clear the developers did not bring these plans back to the Town Council before submitting them.
All – another in a series of guest posts. Today we have Mark Wildish – with a reasoned argument for development. If you’d like to have a guest editor spot here please get in touch.
Rally Call for a Vision of Shipston
As a lifelong resident who worked for a local architectural practice for 17 years before starting my own practice 4 years ago, I have seen Shipston grow at the fastest rate of any town in the district and whilst I am naturally pro-development because of my career, unfortunately in Shipston’s case its development has not always been to the benefit of its long term residents.
We have seen large industrial employers up sticks and leave town, leaving behind houses instead of employment land, our consumer choice has diminished (anyone remember Greenway Stores or the shop on the corner of Watery Lane) and our schools are oversubscribed with people who have grown up here not even sure if their children will get a place in their local school.
In light of the current substantial proposals pushed at our town I say enough is enough and I’m drawing a line in the sand, Shipston has severe problems that need fixing and whilst I appreciate that there is a large amount of support for a new supermarket that would go some way towards solving our lack of consumer choice, we should not just accept what is being pushed at us as from these developments and I believe that Shipston can get a much better deal that will make serious inroads to fixing Shipston’s underlying problems.
I appreciate that there is also a large anti-supermarket movement and we cannot ignore people’s opinions, however what is quite clear is that the developers are not going to go away and Shipston will have to take its share of new housing for the district and my intensions are to find the common ground and evolve plans for Shipston that are acceptable to residents, councillors, planners and the developers.
Cala Homes and Ainscough Strategic Land have both told me that they are not liaising with one another, I personally suspect that they are in cahoots, but if they are not we certainly need to get them talking as the Norgren site and the ASL land should be developed in unison not as 2 separate sites, so that they have cohesion and form.
With local elections due in May there is little point in our current Town Council engaging with developers, but I implore the new Council to enter into immediate discussions with all developers to establish their intensions and mediate between developers and residents to steer these applications for the good of the town.
Fellow Shipston’ers we have the power! These current planning applications will not succeed at local level and will be refused, but similarly they will not just go away and we should all unite to constructively combine our passions and send a clear and concise message to developers, councillors and planners as to what it is Shipston wants and needs!
My vision of Shipston resulting from these developments is strictly personal to me and I unlike the developers am not dictating what should happen, but for what it brings to the debate (you may/may not agree with all of my points) I have listed what I consider are achievable goals derived from these developments and what we should all attempt to steer the developers towards:
• A sixth form for the High School, built where the old Swimming Pool stood.
• A supermarket, to be built on the Norgren site or ASL land.
• It should be made clear to ASL that the density of development on the land they have an interest in should be much lower than currently proposed, but in appreciation of their efforts and for working with the town (provided they do?) a proportion of the site (to make the development worthwhile) should be permitted, provided they are committed to contributing towards the other points listed herein. The remainder of the site should be landscaped. Potentially the site could have larger (more expensive) homes to lessen their number and whilst I appreciate that “Social” housing is normally priority these days (but this would be on adjoining Norgren site) equally Shipston has not had any substantial executive homes built and it is the occupants of such houses who are industry leaders and employers and I think Shipston would benefit from encouraging such people to make Shipston their home.
• There should be no industrial units built this end of town just housing (there is currently proposed 10,000sq ft on the Cala Homes, Norgren site application). Instead the developers will have to pay contributory funds to an account that can be drawn upon by companies who want to build on the existing industrial estate at Tilemans Lane. This could potentially half the cost of building units (for example) for start up companies who would be attracted to the town by low cost industrial units, injecting a badly needed boost to our towns sorry looking industrial estate.
• A riverside footpath, Park with communal recreation space. For a town the size of Shipston not to have such a space is in my opinion fundamentally one of the main reasons we suffer from a lack of drawing people in from surrounding larger towns and with this facility so close to the town I truly believe that this would go some way to negating any potential negative effect resulting from an out of town supermarket. The river is a vastly underappreciated and untapped potential for the town, it is after all Shipston “ON” Stour.
I sincerely hope that the above is a call to action and makes people on both sides appreciate where we stand as a town and what potential we can squeeze out of this and that we should be working together instead of against one another, which is exactly what the developers want. If however we stand together they know they will have to work much harder and give up more to get the developments they want and this will benefit us all.
I’d like to thank Philip for the kind open invitation to post my thoughts on this matter.
Mark Stephen Wildish March 2012
20 Ashgrove, Shipston on Stour
Last post today, I promise. I’ve now closed the supermarket poll – but here are the results:
Those in favour of the supermarket 85%, those against 15%.
There are a number of qualifiers that need to be said about the poll. Not everyone has access to the internet, and – as odd as this may sound – not everyone reads my blog! on top of that 136 votes is probably not the most representative sample out there.
What it does show, though, is that feelings are running high in the town. Whatever your views, please go to the Stratford District Council website and comment. you can click here and be taken straight to the consultation.