Local green space now being challenged
In 2018 after lots of hard work our local green space application was successful. It was approved as part of the joint core strategy by the Government Inspactor. The final details were to be done in the local Cheltenham plan.
Here is the latest plan.
Then in Feb 2019 the whole issue was put in doubt! We have reminded the new Cheltenham plan inspector of the years of thorough collaborative work that our team has done on this and now wait for her decision. Click for Latest
Our 12th Annual Walk
Our passion to protect our precious green spaces is still there. Thanks everyone!
Save the Countryside team and supporters for the 12th year had a lovely afternoon on 19th May, walking the beautiful fields at the North West of Cheltenham between Swindon Village and Elmstone Hardwicke. This event has become such a lovely local community event, enjoying our beautiful countryside and meeting our friends and neighbours.
Much of this is destined to become new housing development in future years, but the team are delighted that a continuous area had been agreed to be retained as local green space.
Following years of collaborative work on the matter of local green space, we thought we had reach a good reasonable conclusion at the end of the Joint Core Strategy. In 2017 at the end of the JCS, the Government inspector confirmed that we were to retain an agreed area of 24.5 hectares of local green space around Swindon Village to retain its village identity, protect precious green spaces. This area is less than 7% of the approximately 356 hectares removed from the green belt for housing in the JCS strategic allocation. She removed 500 houses from the volume of housing expected in the area and stated that the exact details be finalised in the Cheltenham plan. This was approved by Councillors so everyone was aligned. (see plan attached) However at the end of The Cheltenham Plan, a new government inspector assigned with the task of verifying the soundness of the Cheltenham plan has decided to retroactively revise the local green spaces assigned by the JCS Inspector and has recommended a far smaller area of less than 1/4 of the size. To say that the team and the whole room in the hearing on the Cheltenham plan were amazed would be an understatement.
This has not been accepted by Swindon Parish Council, Save the Countryside and other concerned groups who have reminded Cheltenham Borough Council planning team of the thorough detail that the teams have gone through to ensure that the Local green space is in line with National planning policy framework.
We wait with baited breath to ensure that the fair and robust (all be it lengthy) process of the JCS to enable the local green space has not been discarded by 1 swift move by another inspector. Again we are pleased to have the support of our councillors on this matter.
see the press article here
Save The Countryside
Sunday 19th May, 2pm
“Save The Countryside” is made up of Swindon Village and Elmstone Hardwicke residents who were alarmed by the settlement of 5,000 houses planned to be built to the North-West of Cheltenham alongside the Tewkesbury Road between Swindon Village and Elmstone Hardwick. See the outline plans here.