The April planning committee voted in line with the officers’ recommendations (reported in our last post). This meant that 2 of the 3 applications (Measham Rd and Botts Lane / Land behind Top St) were approved.
The Church St / Bowley’s Lane site was rejected primarily on the grounds of the historic importance of that site.
The officers argued that Appleby needed to take this many houses to contribute to targets for the District as a whole. They felt that Appleby had a “good range of day to day services”. There was a clear view expressed that further housing would not be be ‘sustainable’.
Thanks to all those who wrote to the planners and to our councillors and MP. Also to those who attended the Planning Meeting – including those who spoke. Our objections and activities did achieve some things – the reduction by nearly half of the Measham Rd application and the rejection of the Church St one.
Unfortunately it is not over yet … We have applications pending for 60 houses on Top St / Didcott Way and 12 houses Top St / Snarestone Lane. There is still time to write letters about these. As well as specific arguments about the particular sites, do stress the number of houses already approved and the cut back in bus services and the closure of the GP surgery.
Specific arguments for rejecting 60 houses on Top St / Didcott Way include: effect on the setting of the school as a listed building, impact of traffic close to the school, effect of junctions created by proximity to Didcott Way and approved housing opposite, next to Botts Lane.
Specific arguments for rejecting 12 houses on Top St / Snarestone Lane include: impact on the setting of listed buildings and the Conservation Area (which includes part of the site); impact on rural approach to the historic village; danger of traffic coming from the site close to junctions between Snarestone Lane and Top St and to the junction of Top St, Blackhorse Hill, and Mawby’s Lane which particularly puts at risk pedestrians and cyclists at the Black Horse corner.