Orbit came to the Town Council meeting last night to discuss their proposals for the field next to Angela’s Meadow, which they have bough an option on (see my previous post here).
The proposals, however, are no more than initial thoughts. Orbit said that they took an option on the land at the end of last year, and don’t have any firm proposals yet. Worryingly they said hat the development could consist of 70-80 homes – although this could be reduced depending on the size of the homes they build. A mixture of two bedroom homes and flats would mean more houses than a development with several family homes. The development was likely to be a mix of private and affordable housing.
They have also not thought in any detail about the access to the London Road, which may be through Angela’s Meadow.
A number of concern’s were raised at the meeting. District Councillor Richard Cheney called on the Town Council to produce a housing needs survey to identify what housing was really needed in Shipston – but I will post on this later in the week.
Other Councillors pointed out that in the draft Core Strategy, which sets out the District’s planning priorities for the next 15 years, the area is sited as an ‘area of restraint.’ This means that housing would not normally be allowed there. The Core Strategy also limits individual developments to 2% of the size of the town (which would be a little under 50 homes).
Finally one local resident was also worried about the impact on the Girl Guide’s field behind the development.
Real proposals will come through in the next few months – and Orbit have promised a wide public consultation. In the meantime let me or any of your other local councillors know your views. You can leave a comment below.