Gladman Appeal

posted by Robert Cowley   [ updated ]

The Parish Council is very disappointed with the decision of the Planning Inspectorate to grant outline permission for 92 houses behind Berkeley Close.  South Cerney has no allocation for such housing developments in either the current or the emerging Cotswold District Council Local Plans.  However, the emerging Local Plan has not yet been adopted, and the Inspector was influenced by the inclusion of a high proportion of affordable housing as part of the application.

The Parish Council submitted very detailed concerns regarding the flood risks of this development.  These include the history of flooding around the village, the high groundwater, and the increase in flood risk from the River Churn and the Shire Ditch due to climate change, and from to the proposed large housing development in Cirencester. 

The Parish Council also raised the concerns of local residents about all the existing parking and traffic issues, and the narrowness of the access to this site through Berkeley Close.  However, those concerns were not supported by Gloucestershire County Council highways department.

Whilst many of the flooding concerns were acknowledged by the Inspector, the Inspector did not regard them as sufficient to justify refusing the application.

The company behind the planning application (Gladman) is not a builder. They would arrange sale of the land to such a company, who would then apply for detailed planning with a view to building properties.  The developer will be obliged to provide ‘up to’ 50% affordable housing.  ‘Affordable housing’ in this context has a technical meaning, and is supposed to meet the needs of those who cannot afford housing on the open market, either to rent or buy.  When the detailed planning application is submitted by the development company that will carry out the development, the Parish Council will consider pressing for the full 50% to be ‘affordable housing’.

The development company will also be obliged to make financial contributions to the provision of library facilities, playschool and local school facilities.

The Parish Council, with particular support from Cllr Juliet Layton (CDC Ward Councillor), tried its best to oppose this planning application.  However, there is a statutory presumption in favour of development in ‘sustainable’ locations, to meet housing needs.  The Parish Council will be giving qualified support to the Chesterton development in Cirencester, as that is a more sustainable location than a village like South Cerney.

The Planning Inspector's Decision Notice and Costs Decision may be downloaded below.

R-Way Youth Group - Parish Council seeks new service provider

posted 15 Aug 2017, 04:09 by Robert Cowley

R-ways’ last session with Young Gloucestershire at the helm was on 18th July, and the Parish Council is now seeking someone else to take on the running of this popular youth group from September on a self-employed basis.  Sessions take place on Tuesdays in the Fenton’s community centre in Teal Way, where the facilities include the meeting room, sports hall with various equipment including table tennis, tennis, badminton, etc., and the café seating area.  Anyone interested is asked to contact the Clerk by email or by phone 07983 202015 for the tender document.

R-Way Youth Group - June/July Programme

posted 1 Jun 2017, 10:06 by Robert Cowley

The programme for June and July may be downloaded below.

R-Way Youth Group - Tues 6th June

posted 31 May 2017, 04:16 by Robert Cowley

There will be no R-Way session on Tuesday 6th June, due to mandatory training for Young Gloucestershire staff.  Normal sessions will resume on Tuesday 13th June.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Casual Vacancy on the Parish Council

posted 16 May 2017, 07:24 by Robert Cowley

A Casual Vacancy has arisen on South Cerney Parish Council (Village Ward).  The Notice from Cotswold District Council may be downloaded below.

Warning - Council Tax Refund Scam

posted 9 May 2017, 08:37 by Robert Cowley

From Cotswold District Council:
"A resident  in the Cotswolds has received a telephone call from a 'company' which allegedly works for Cotswold District Council. He was told that he was due to receive a £6,000 council tax refund because his Council Tax banding has been too high in the past. 

The telephone number of the bogus company is 03332 123132.  

Please be aware that this scam may be targeting many residents in this area and please do not enter into any discussions with the caller.  Most importantly, do not disclose any personal information such as banking details. 

The local police have been made aware of this scam. "

New defibrillator at Upper Up playing field

posted 8 May 2017, 03:46 by Robert Cowley

By kind permission of the Cricket Club, the Parish Council has had a second defibrillator for the village installed on the wall of the Cricket Club pavilion at Upper Up playing field.
If needed in an emergency, go to the yellow cabinet at the pavilion and dial 999.  The ambulance service will then give you the access code and instructions on how to proceed. 

Gladman Appeal

posted 26 Apr 2017, 06:05 by Robert Cowley

Following the refusal by Cotswold District Council Planning Committee members Gladman has taken its application to Appeal. The Parish Council, Cllr Mrs Juliet Layton (CDC) and several local residents submitted objections to their Appeal.  The Inspector will look at all aspects of the case and in theory should respond five weeks after the closing date for comments, which was 6th April. We should therefore hear the result sometime during May.

R-Way Youth Group - Latest Programme

posted 4 Apr 2017, 08:19 by Robert Cowley

The R-Way Youth Group latest programme for April and May may be downloaded below.  R-Way operates from 5.00pm until 6.30pm on Tuesdays during term time.  Only £1 each per session, and just turn up!

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Event 25th March

posted 28 Feb 2017, 06:03 by Robert Cowley

Thank you to all who filled in and returned our recent Neighbourhood Plan Household Questionnaire.

Everyone in the village is now invited to come along and see the initial results for themselves – you will be able to see the type of progress we have made and what happens next.

Your questions and comments will be of invaluable help as we continue our work towards the well-being of South Cerney for the future.

This is also a great opportunity for you to have some input and influence the outcome.

So please come along to:

Fenton’s, Teal Way, South Cerney on Saturday 25th March 2017,

10.30am until 4pm.

This will also be a good opportunity for you to have a look at all the facilities offered at the Centre.

Hope to see you then!

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