Planning Appeal Decision Ridgeway Farm 5 June 2019

Appeal Ref: APP/Y3940/W/19/3220214
Land at Ridgeway Farm (to the rear of Athelstan Park)

Decision – The appeal is dismissed.
• The appeal is made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990  against a refusal to grant planning permission.
• The appeal is made by Edenstone Homes against the decision of Wiltshire Council.
• The application Ref 18/05429/FUL, dated 6 June 2018, was refused by notice dated 7 December 2018.
• The development proposed is erection of 36 residential dwellings and associated works.

Full document is available below

Planning appeal decision 05 06 2019

Completion of accounts audit 2018

We have received notice that the external audit of Parish Council accounts for 2018 has been completed and below is a link to the completion documents.

This includes:

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Section 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance Statement

Section 3 – External Auditor Report and Certificate

Completion documents 2018

**The accounts and Return form are available to be provided to any person on request, details on the Notice of Conclusion of Audit.**

 

Parish Council comment

08/08/18  Crudwell Parish Council has issued the following OBJECTION comment on the proposed Ridgway development.

Crudwell Parish Council considered the above application/amended plans and has the following response to make:

 

  No Comment
  Support
  Support subject to conditions (please set out in box below)
X Object (for reasons set out in box below)
  No Objections

 

Suggested special conditions/reasons for decision based on local knowledge
 

Crudwell Parish Council wish to register the following comments, resolved at the Crudwell Parish Council meeting of 07/08/18:-

 

1.       Planning policy.

The development site is outside the designated settlement boundary and following the 10th July 2018 Wiltshire Council meeting, is not proposed to be allocated in the Housing Site Allocations Plan.  On that basis, the proposal lies within the open countryside and is contrary to both the adopted and emerging Wiltshire development plans.  There is no justification for approving this application outside of the development plan process.

 

There are no material considerations that suggest the proposal should be approved contrary to the development plan.  The five year housing land supply in the Housing Market Area is above 5 years so the NPPF paragraph 14 ‘tilted balance’ is not triggered.

 

2.       Potential Housing

The application site has been submitted to the Parish Council as a potential housing site and is being considered alongside others also submitted.

 

 

 

 

 

3.      Scale

This would represent the largest single housing development within the Parish and this application is too large for the existing infrastructure.  Key issues include:-

a.       Sewerage/foul drainage

The sewerage system is already at capacity and an upgrade is not planned by Wessex Water.  It remains a long-term problem, the main sewer is too small and runs to Hankerton (who as a Parish have expressed their concerns) and onto Malmesbury.  In heavy rainfall, the pumping station at Crudwell floods releasing foul waste.

b.      Surface water/flooding

Crudwell has a historical issue with flooding, having two extensive floods that caused major damage to property and residents having to vacate their homes.  The surface water from the existing development of 10 houses at Ridgeway Farm runs off towards The Swillbrook.  Surface water pouring from the overflow pipe immediately after heavy rainfall was recorded as a video clip by concerned residents.  This council was assured by Wiltshire Council planning department and the property developers that this would not happen and demonstrates that the measures put in place are not effective.

The proposed flood scheme for the 39 dwellings would direct into The Swillbrook upstream of Crudwell, increasing the flood risk.

c.       Crudwell Primary School

The village school is at full capacity and oversubscribed, unable to enlarge their premises, and so would be unable to accept additional pupils this development would bring.

d.      Highways/transport/footpaths

Tetbury Lane is not suitable as an entrance to a large housing development.  The footpath is not complete from the development to The Street.  This development would increase vehicular traffic, putting residents at risk who walk this lane to access the playing fields and Village Hall.

4.       Landscape and Visual Impact

The proposed development is in an elevated position and it would be hoped a sensitive approach would be taken to possible development, given its location just outside of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in keeping with Crudwell as a historic and desirable village.  The existing development is inappropriate in materials, design and spatial layout and this theme also is continued in the proposed development.

5.       Neighbourhood Plan

Crudwell Parish Council is producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Crudwell.  This will identify a site or sites to meet the identified local housing need, preferably through small scale developments which is the preferred route confirmed through the community consultation process of the Neighbourhood Plan.

 

 

Lisa Dent

Clerk

On behalf of Crudwell Parish Council