Residents unite to say no to planned housing

Dozens of residents turned out on Saturday to show the strength of feeling against plans by Newland Homes for 17 properties on a greenfield site north of Pike Lane in Newmarket, Nailsworth

Dozens of residents turned out on Saturday to show the strength of feeling against plans by Newland Homes for 17 properties on a greenfield site north of Pike Lane in Newmarket, Nailsworth

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RESIDENTS have banded together to fight plans for 17 homes on a greenfield site in Nailsworth.

Cheltenham-based Newland Homes has revealed plans for a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes on 3.5 acres north of Pike Lane in Newmarket. Five will be affordable homes for those with a local connection.

Last Tuesday, July 29, the firm held a consultation event also attended by Nailsworth architects David Austin & Associates, which has produced the designs.

Newland says the development has been designed to fit into the rural setting.

A spokesman added: “The proposals are in a sustainable and especially attractive location, a short walk to the heart of Nailsworth, providing an opportunity to deliver a sensitive scheme of much-needed homes.

“A large proportion of the development area is to be set aside as new park space, orchards and green space. The proposals will meld well into the surrounding pattern of homes.

“We will now work with our consultants in evaluating feedback responses from the public consultation process and will be seeking to respond where possible.”

However, the plans are bitterly opposed by residents.

Around 70 turned out on Saturday to show their opposition.

They issued the following statement: “The majority of local residents are against the plans on the basis that: "Pike Lane cannot sustain any more traffic.

"Traffic from Newmarket and Shortwood coming into Nailsworth is already at capacity - the town centre would be subjected to yet more cars and vehicles coming in and out.

"Large developers should not be building on green spaces that are cherished by the local community and visitors alike. These areas are what makes Nailsworth the popular town it is - it was voted one of the top places in the country for the way it is now, not for what it could be. It is worth remembering this." Nailsworth Town Council was due to discuss the plans yesterday, Tuesday. See stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk for more on this article.

Resident Philip Willmott, whose home in Shortwood Road overlooks the site, also opposed the development.

Mr Willmott, a builder who specialises in the conservation of historic properties, also questioned the accuracy of the size of Pike Lane as shown on the plans at the consultation event which he attended.

"The top of Pike Lane is very narrow and steep and this would be the main access to the site," he said. "You have to back up and down to allow cars to pass.

"I noticed that on the drawings, it was massively out of scale and looked as if you could easily pass cars.”

Matthew Austin, from David Austin & Associates, replied: “The drawings were not at the detailed stage but were based on Ordnance Survey information. This was a presentation outlining the intention of what might be done to provide 17 new homes in the context of local character and the aims to provide green space and maintain the views through and across the site.

“The scheme is at the design stage, and Tuesday’s meeting was to enable people to discuss the project on the site, rather than the detail of the road access. If people thought the drawings showed a representation, that was certainly not deliberate.”

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5:27pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Cuthbert Thickett says...

Here we go again..... Build somewhere else, anywhere, not here, no access, outstanding natural beauty, no parking, community asset, brownfield site over there etc. etc. etc.

Sadly for some, we need more houses, especially affordable ones. They need to be built somewhere, no doubt everyone says they agree, but don't build here. Before I get shot down in flames, just remember, the house you live in was once a field, had no access and was in a lovely place.

There will be winners, there will be losers, but there will be houses...eventually.
Here we go again..... Build somewhere else, anywhere, not here, no access, outstanding natural beauty, no parking, community asset, brownfield site over there etc. etc. etc. Sadly for some, we need more houses, especially affordable ones. They need to be built somewhere, no doubt everyone says they agree, but don't build here. Before I get shot down in flames, just remember, the house you live in was once a field, had no access and was in a lovely place. There will be winners, there will be losers, but there will be houses...eventually. Cuthbert Thickett
  • Score: -2

10:21am Sun 10 Aug 14

P Willmott says...

Mr Austin comments that his drawing displayed at the public consultation meeting in the Mortimer rooms was not intended to be an accurate representation of the road layout at the top of Pike lane,that it was approximately to scale and the drawing was copied from the OS map of that area. After examining the OS map and comparing it to the one shown at the public meeting it is clear that the width Pike lane has been exaggerated on Mr Austin's drawing by at least 60% and thus appearing to easily accommodate two cars passing within the width of the lane. A further explanation is required from David Austin Associates to the people of Nailsworth in order to understand why this has happened at the initial stage of public involvement..
Mr Austin comments that his drawing displayed at the public consultation meeting in the Mortimer rooms was not intended to be an accurate representation of the road layout at the top of Pike lane,that it was approximately to scale and the drawing was copied from the OS map of that area. After examining the OS map and comparing it to the one shown at the public meeting it is clear that the width Pike lane has been exaggerated on Mr Austin's drawing by at least 60% and thus appearing to easily accommodate two cars passing within the width of the lane. A further explanation is required from David Austin Associates to the people of Nailsworth in order to understand why this has happened at the initial stage of public involvement.. P Willmott
  • Score: 4

2:55pm Sun 10 Aug 14

taylorpen says...

Cuthbert,if you look at the plans for this site,only 5 out of the 17 are going to be anywhere near the price that Nelly folk can afford,the rest will be more of the high priced 'cottages' for incomers!I cant help thinking that in a few years time,native Nailsworthions will no longer exist,at least not here!
Cuthbert,if you look at the plans for this site,only 5 out of the 17 are going to be anywhere near the price that Nelly folk can afford,the rest will be more of the high priced 'cottages' for incomers!I cant help thinking that in a few years time,native Nailsworthions will no longer exist,at least not here! taylorpen
  • Score: 4

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