HCRA is an alliance of residents in East & West Hunsbury, Spyglass Hill, Collingtree Park and Collingtree Village, who have concerns about the over development of the area and the detrimental impact of traffic growth, air and noise pollution, flood risk and the strain on essential local services.
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Decision on Bovis Planning Appeals
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has just released (10th August) the Secretary of State's decision on the Planning Appeals lodged by Bovis on the refusal of it's two applications on land between East Hunsbury and Collingtree Village.
Application A was for outline permission for 1000 houses, a mixed use local centre, a primary school, reconfiguration of Collingtree Park Golf Course, demolition of all existing buildings, a new vehicular access off Windingbrook Lane, sustainable drainage systems and associated infrastructure including highway improvements. This application was upheld and permission granted subject to conditions on air quality, flooding and traffic.
Application B was for full planning permission for 378 dwellings (as a first phase of the 1000) served from a new access from Windingbrook Lane and reconfiguration of part of Collingtree Park Golf Club, including a new temporary hole 17, car parking, sustainable drainage and infrastructure including highway improvements.
This application was dismissed and permission refused.
The Secretary of State accepted the Inspector's view that Application B ( land adjoining Collingtree and the fields to the west of Barn Corner and the old Golf Academy) would impact on the heritage and setting of the Church and Conservation Area.
The applicant, Bovis, can appeal against this decision and also come forward with a revised scheme. It remains to be seen if the development scheme will remain viable and able to meet all the conditions required.
The Secretary of State's full decision based on the Inspector's Report can be seen here.
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Wrong Place - Wrong Plan
" I have lived in this area for 35 years and Wootton Brook has always flooded. Because of other recent developments upstream, that drain into the brook, the flooding is now much more frequent "
Mr G D. Windingbrook Lane, Collingtree Park
" Rowtree Road is already gridlocked at peak times. To avoid the Toby roundabout and to get from Junction 15, I regularly divert through Collingtree Village and up the A43 to get home that way "
Mr R B, Litchfield Drive, East Hunsbury
" Being bordered by the country's busiest motorway and the A45 trunk road, means that this whole area puts up with high levels of noise and air pollution. At least the remaining greenfields around us provide some breathing space. Now even these are under threat "
Mrs L S, Ash Lane, Collingtree
The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), makes clear that planning decisions are not now based on Regional targets and should be made by locally elected councillors who should take serious account of the views of local communities.
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