Please note that this is additional to the Town Council meeting and is specifically so FOW can respond to the outcomes of the Town Council meeting and to understand FOW members feeling and requirements.
Please do join us, feedback and let us have your views.?
FACT: This Planning Application is another proposal to develop on Winchcombe’s AONB.
This is a photograph of the actual greenfield area of the site.
CLARIFICATION: The assisted living housing will not be sold without restrictions. Residents “will need to undertake an independent care needs assessment” (plus age restriction). The units will be sold on lease “with restrictions that none can be sold on, or let, without signing a deed of covenant regarding the terms of their occupation”.
AND: Care packages will have to be paid for by ALL residents. (Including personal care, laundry, meals & housekeeping).
ARGUABLE: The application claims that Vineyard Street currently has a “very low traffic base”.
BECAUSE: The traffic surveys undertaken to justify this were carried out during a 7 day period, from Monday 28th November to Sunday 4th December 2016, during a seasonally very low traffic period.
BECAUSE: Sudeley Castle was CLOSED during this period and there were very few walkers. Traffic would have been considerably lighter than for the previous 7+ months and annually.
ARGUABLE: The application claims that “Vineyard Street is a non-through route”.
BECAUSE: It is a through route for 7+ months, every year, when Sudeley Castle is open.
ARGUABLE: A claim is made that “it is generally considered that around 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) is an acceptable distance for pedestrians to walk to nearby facilities & amenities”.
The application quotes the following distances and times to support the development location:
- Co op food store 650m, 8 minutes.
- Library 750m, 9 minutes.
- GP Surgery 1300m, 16 minutes.
INCONSISTENCY: The application supporting information acknowledges that one of the concerns expressed at the September 2015 exhibition events was the proposed car park [on the opposite side of Vineyard St.]. They also claim that “this was removed as part of the scheme presented at the July 2016 events, and was seen as an improvement by respondents”.
BUT: In a site plan reproduced in several of the 63 application documents, ”the location of potential addition car parking” is indicated in a very similar position.
Please do come along to the Friends of Winchcombe meeting on Friday17th Feb at 7:00pm, Abbey Fields Community Centre; hear the discussion on this proposal and give us your views.