Applications: 16/0153/FUL and 16/01454/LBC
Winchcombe Town Council supports the principle of developing a scheme of specialist housing for the elderly and the construction of a Care Home, including the restoration of the historic barns, to a scale and extent no larger than that proposed in these applications, and subject to the following observations:-
a. the County Archaeologist being satisfied that no issues of archaeological interest would be adversely affected.
b. this Council believes that the Traffic Survey is fundamentally flawed in that the survey was undertaken at times and dates in the off-peak season when the Castle was closed to visitors and should be repeated at a time when the Castle is open to the public.
c. the applicants giving a binding undertaking to ensure that the proposed Assisted Living Units would remain as such in perpetuity.
d. negotiations are undertaken to increase the number of smaller units intended to satisfy identified local housing need to 12 in total.
e. the applicants be asked to consider the introduction of a mini-bus service for the use of residents in accessing local and regional facilities.
f. the applicants should liaise with the Highway Authority to rationalise the car parking arrangements and provision for pedestrians and mobility scooters on Vineyard Street. The architectural character of this historic street in the Winchcombe Conservation Area should be paramount. It should also reduce or remove the suggested car-park in front of the Listed Barns, and that, if necessary, the site layout be adjusted accordingly.
g. the roofing material to be used throughout the scheme should be limited to Cotswold tiles.
h. the applicants be requested to provide facilities to enable the replacement of some of the services lost by the closure of Winchcombe Hospital.
i. the applicants should demonstrate that there is sufficient capacity in the foul drainage system to accommodate the anticipated flows from the development.
i. the applicants entering into a S.106 Agreement containing the following provisions:
(i) appropriate financial contributions being made towards the new Cemetery off Mount View Drive, Winchcombe Park and the local Health facilities.
(ii) the provision of a dedicated footpath/cycleway between Vineyard Street and Castle Street either through the site or elsewhere through the Sudeley Estate.
(iii) the provision of at least 12 residential units to satisfy identified local need.
(iv) the provision of a scheme to ease the flow of water under the bridge at Castle Street to reduce the risk of flooding.