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Gladman Application Key Objection Reasons

SAVE will be raising an objection to the new planning application by Gladman Land for 150 houses on Weston Road.

We offer below some of our key basic reasons.

Infrastructure
This development of 150 houses is outside the settlement boundary of the village.

A key factor of the proposal is that the village has sustainable transport links, in particular a bus service to Derby. This is not correct. There is in fact no service on a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday and just 6 buses Monday to Friday. We therefore believe that Aston should now be a ‘Local Service Village’ as is Weston.

Phase 3 of Richmond Retirement Village is starting now, producing another 37 new care apartments. Notwithstanding that, Moor Lane development is well under way and will soon be populated. The traffic congestion along Weston Road and at Cuttle Bridge is becoming quite onerous. Drivers are becoming very frustrated and there is a serious accident waiting to happen.

Also very frustrating are the efforts at trying to get a GP appointment, also an indication that the infrastructure of our villages is creaking.

The village school is already at capacity, with some children in the village already having to attend schools in neighboring villages. Sustainability is a quickly approaching massive problem for our villages without another 150 houses!

Heritage
This site has been declared unsuitable in Local Plan 2
It would close the gap between the two villages thus destroying the character and heritage of each village. Each village has a different character and style and it is essential that they are kept different by effectively not losing their independence. This is a critical point and should be emphasised.

Five year housing supply
SDDC have stated that they have a deliverable 5 year housing supply. Thus there is no need for this.

Best and Most Versatile Agricultural Land
The loss of what is considered by SDDC to be very good quality agricultural land we object most strongly to, when there are others areas of much poorer agricultural quality.

Flooding
Although the site is not in a flood risk area, this is true from the aspect of river or sea, but it is not correct from the aspect of surface water. The site has the potential for groundwater flooding of property, below or at the surface.

SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO
Email planning@south-derbys.gov.uk quoting the reference: 9/2019/0646
Or fill in the comments section on the appropriate SDDC planning application page
Or write to: Planning Department, South Derbyshire District Council, Council Offices, Civic Way, Swadlincote, DE11 0AH quoting reference 9/2019/0646

New Gladman Application for Weston Road

A new planning application has been submitted by Gladman Land  to build 150 houses on Weston Road, Aston on Trent, within both the Aston and Weston parishes.New Gladman Application

OBJECTIONS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY 30th JULY 2019

Planning Application Reference Number 9/2019/0646

SAVE was formed to protect the built and natural environment within our two villages. We do this objectively and to the best of our abilities. We do not oppose every planning application; however when we feel it is the correct course of action, we try and give advice and possible reasons that may be used for an objection. It is therefore important, that you visit the SDDC Planning portal and review the documentation yourselves, in order to reach your own decision. Please remember that for an objection letter to be validated, it must be written in your own words, non-emotive and based on reasonable concerns.

You can view the application at the following web page:

https://planning.southderbyshire.gov.uk/ApplicationDetail.aspx?Ref=9/2019/0646

Again, we need the continued support of everyone in your household to object with a different letter to prevent developers from building on unsuitable land in the Aston and Weston parishes.


This planning application will threaten to join the two villages, thus destroying their separate identities & character. It contravenes the South Derbyshire District Council Local Plan and the adequacy of their 5 year housing land supply.

If permission were to be granted then this would open the flood gates for multiple applications for any further developments on any spare bit of green space.

Hard Copies
If you are unable to use a computer and want more information please contact your Parish Council Clerk as they will have a hard copy of the relevant documents for you to see.

Alternatively go to your local library and staff will support you to access the internet.

SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO
Email planning@south-derbys.gov.uk quoting the reference: 9/2019/0646
Or fill in the comments section on the appropriate SDDC planning application page
Or write to: Planning Department, South Derbyshire District Council, Council Offices, Civic Way, Swadlincote, DE11 0AH quoting reference 9/2019/0646

SAVE will be raising an objection. Click here for some of our key basic reasons

Useful Links

Planning Application 9/2019/0381 104 Derby Road

PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 25 DWELLNGS AT 104 DERBY ROAD,
ASTON ON TRENT
APPLICATION NO 9/2019/0381

SAVE was formed to protect the built and natural environment within our two villages. We do this objectively and to the best of our abilities. We do not oppose every planning application; however when we feel it is the correct course of action, we try and give advice and possible reasons that may be used for an objection. It is therefore important, that you visit the SDDC Planning portal and review the documentation yourselves, in order to reach your own decision. Please remember that for an objection letter to be validated, it must be written in your own words, non-emotive and based on reasonable concerns.

Access the application at https://planning.southderbyshire.gov.uk/


Any comments or objections must reach SDDC by 8TH JULY 2019
SAVE will be raising an objection to this application and we offer below a few of our basic key reasons.

Infrastructure
This development of 25 houses is outside the settlement boundary of the village and would therefore struggle to gain planning approval. However, being classified as a ‘Key Service Village’ means that the development could be classified as a cross-subsidy site, thus giving an exception to this rule and a possible planning approval.
A key factor of the proposal is that the village has sustainable transport links, in particular a bus service to Derby. This is not correct. There is in fact no service on a Saturday or Sunday and just 7 buses Monday to Friday. We therefore believe we are now actually a ‘Local Service Village’, with a cross subsidy exception of only 15 houses.


In the near future, phase 3 of Richmond Retirement Village producing another 37 new care apartments will be built. Notwithstanding that, Moor Lane development is well under way and will soon be populated. The traffic congestion along Weston Road and at Cuttle Bridge, the frustrating efforts at trying to get a GP appointment is a sign that the infrastructure of our villages is creaking. Sustainability is a quickly approaching problem.
Flooding
The application references that the site is not in flood risk area. Whereas this is true from the aspect of river or sea, it is not correct from the aspect of surface water. The paper shows that the majority of the site has the potential for groundwater flooding of property, below or at the surface.
Access to the development
The design seems totally inadequate, having such a narrow access to 25 houses. Having reviewed the drawings we perceive there to be no room left for standard street lighting. Of equal concern is that the design takes into account little consideration for the householder, who will have to suffer the close proximity of the access route.
Best & most versatile land
The development will be built on quality farming land. Although not a large area, it would still be contrary to the Local Plan and therefore unacceptable. We must make every effort to stop this constant ‘nibbling away’ of our quality farming land, just as we must prevent the ‘nibbling away’ of our village sustainability. At some point the cup overflows.
Affordable housing
Much is made of the fact that the design, at present, includes a significant amount of affordable housing – a requirement for possible planning approval. However, we already have affordable housing at the Redrow development and soon to be built at Moor Lane as well. SAVE has sympathy that affordable housing is vitally important for every community, but we believe that Aston now has sufficient capacity that it is able to sustain.


We have a stand at Well-Dressing should you want to come and talk to us about this.

Gypsy site application Appeal

We are given to understand that an appeal against the ‘refusal decision‘ on 18th October 2018, has been received.

This appeal will now pass to the Planning Inspectorate who will determine by what method this is going to be handled.

It can be by written representation, informal hearing or by public inquiry.

The web site below will give you more information on the different procedures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-appeals-procedural-guide

There is nothing that we can do until we know the method chosen by the Inspectorate. We will keep you updated.

Gypsy site application REJECTED

Planning Application 9/2017/0893/NU

The change of use of agricultural land for use as residential caravan site for 6 gypsy families on Shardlow Road

Rejected

The campaign, orchestrated by SAVE, to get as many objectors to the Planning Meeting was extremely successful, with more than 155 residents making the trip to Swadlincote. Unfortunately, although SAVE had checked with the Council less than a week earlier, that everyone who turned up would be accommodated into the public meeting, this proved not to be the case on the night! Only 44 gained entry into the Chamber, meaning that the majority were ‘locked out’.

SAVE would like to apologise to those majority, but their effort was not in vain. On trying to navigate the large crowd inside and outside, it was clearly evident to the Councillors, the depth of feeling and resentment there was against this application.

SAVE would especially like to thank everyone who helped put posters up, delivered leaflets, sent in objection letters, researched possible reasons for objection and made the effort to go to Swadlincote. All of this team effort helped us to win, essential in case we need to repeat if there is an appeal.

SAVE never believed it was a ‘done deal’

Over the last three years, SAVE have been on the front line, in helping to protect the heritage of our wonderful villages. We have been instrumental in getting the rejection of two large housing applications – Richborough 85 houses & Gladman 150 houses, notwithstanding our efforts with other issues within our villages. However, we need help in order to be able to carry on our good work.

If you were a member, but did not sign up under the new GDPR (Data Security) regulations, you will no longer be on our email distribution list and will not be kept up-to-date. You can re-join, by either downloading the new membership form, from this web site, or available from The Malt Pub.  Likewise, new members are especially welcome and essential to our longevity.

Your completed application and subscription can be sent to the address on the form or handed in at the Malt Pub.

If you would like to become a more active member, giving up some of your time to be at the sharp edge of our work, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please email vicechair@saveastonandweston.uk

Thank you
SAVE – Save Aston and Weston Village Environments

Moor Lane Development – respond by 21st March 2018

At the SAVE meeting on the 28th February, strong concerns were raised by a group of residents neighbouring the proposed development land at Moor Lane.

It was therefore agreed that SAVE would help in highlighting their concerns, to all residents of Moor Lane, Little Moorside and Manor Farm Road so that we may collectively respond to this application before the SDDC closing date of 21st March 2018 *

The 4 major concerns raised are as follows:-

  1. 1.5 Storey Houses – The detailed plans outlines that plots 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,36,37,38 are proposed to be 2 storey houses which is a concern for local residents who are in very close proximity to the development or have a covenant which restricts any development above 1.5 storey.
  2. Orchard – The outline planning was agreed at the SDDC planning meeting on the 17th January 2017 against 9/2016/0870 based on an Orchard being developed as recommended by the vice chairman and endorsed by the committee. This has been omitted from the detailed plans.
  3. Footpath link – The detailed design outlines a footpath link to be established between the development and Little Moorside. This causes a significant concern to local residents due to the safety of individuals crossing Little Moorside as vehicles regularly drive past the proposed area to enter and exit their properties.
  4. Buffer – The development is in very close proximity to the residents located on Little Moorside.

Your help is essential in order to influence the detailed plans before they are finalised, by responding to South Derbyshire Planning with the following recommendations:-

  1. As a dormer bungalow has been planned on the first plot, to blend in with the bungalows opposite on Manor Farm Road and Little Moorside, the same consideration and therefore type of dwelling should be made to replace plots 2,3,4,5,36,37,38. As plots 6-9 are semi-detached it is proposed that these are replaced with 2 detached properties.
  2. As outline planning was granted on the premise that an Orchard was established in the POS, we should be requesting this is an enforced requirement.
  3. Residents should be encouraged to use the pavements against the proposed road infrastructure of the development, which will allow them to reach the village through existing alleyways leading to Walnut Close and Clarkes Lane. A footpath link should therefore not be established onto Little Moorside.
  4.  It is recommended that the buffer currently proposed to be erected on the northern boundary is moved to the southern side, next to Little Moorside residents.

WE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO VIEW THE APPLICATION PLANS AND DOCUMENTS ON THE WEBSITE AT WWW.PLANNING SOUTH-DERBYS.GOV.UK AND EMAIL YOUR RESPONSES TO planning@south-derbys.gov.uk BY THE 21ST MARCH**.
**When you scroll down to the comments section of the application, it says 21 days have elapsed since the valid date and comments may not be considered. This is an error and SDDC have confirmed that comments can be submitted up to the 21st March.


Useful Links

Planning Application on SDDC Website

Housing layout including affordable housing

Type of housing detail

Drainage Strategy Pumped SWS System Drawing