Petition Tag - planning

1. Robinson Township Petition to Stop Higher Density Re-zoning


A development company is in the process of purchasing Lots 267-A-370 (Buranosky Property), 267-G-290 (Phillips Property) and 267-A-71 (Phillips Property) with the intent to build over 60 Single Family homes and over 60 Carriage Homes.

The purchaser is requesting a Zoning Change from R2 Residential Building to R3 Medium Density Building for Lot 267-A-370 in order to build the Carriage Homes.

It is not clear the number of acres in the total purchase of 70+ acres will be developed to support both the Single Family homes and Carriage homes but it IS clear that the zoning variance to Lot 267-A-370 allowing for medium construction is :
 Totally out of character with the neighborhood.
 Will take away more of our township's shrinking green space.
 Have a negative impact on natural waterways.
 Will cause a negative impact to residents and emergency personnel that must commute on roadways that already struggle to support the ever growing traffic volume.
 Cause unwarranted changes to the property taxes of current residents whose property neighbors the aforementioned Lots.

2. Support new Lidl Coney Hill

Provision of a replacement Lidl foodstore comprising 1,689 sqm sales area and
158 free car parking spaces; of which 9 will be disabled and 4 will be parent and child spaces.

A brand new LOF (Lidl of the Future) state-of-the-art design that responds to the site’s characteristics, context and local built environment.

With employment opportunities for up to 40 staff, the proposed scheme will have contemporary glazed elevations, an internal bakery, 2 external trolley bays, self-service checkouts and customer toilets with baby changing facilities.

Vehicle access for shoppers, staff and delivery vehicles will remain unaltered. The site is well served by public transport and is accessible by foot, car and by bike. Vehicle parking spaces provided are generously sized for better customer access. Pedestrian routes are provided through the site and cycle storage areas are provided to the rear of the external trolley boxes.

3. Save Tandridge Green Belt


Tandridge District Council's new Local Plan documents which claim 9,400 new homes are needed for massive inward migration from London, have been approved for public consultation despite widespread criticism from residents and some Councillors. The council has identified GREEN BELT sites throughout Tandridge.

The Plan claims that 470 houses are needed every year, almost 4 times the current requirement. It would mean a likely rise of a third in the District's population and approximately one new house built for every four existing.

The increase is not for genuine local need, but for a huge and sustained increase in inward migration from London that would require building on large swathes of the Tandridge Green Belt.

In putting forward this high figure, the Council has contradicted its own evidence given to the Planning Inspectorate at a recent Public Inquiry.

National planning policy makes clear that Councils should act to protect Green Belt land in their Local Plans yet most of the options assume that significant amounts of Green Belt will be released for new housing.

This scale of building would put intolerable and unsustainable pressure on infrastructure such as schools, health services, roads, rail services and parking which are struggling to cope with the existing demand. Other services, such as water, landfill and cemeteries are also at capacity.

Some of the contents of the Plan's infrastructure documents are worrying. For example, regarding GP services, the Council states it has written to all 10 surgeries in the District but has received no replies. It has therefore concluded that "there is no indication of any specific requirements at present." It seems wholly unjustified to come to such a conclusion based on no response.


1. Email your comments to: OR

2. Send a letter marked 'Local Plan consultation' to: Planning Policy, Tandridge District Council, Council Offices, 8 Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0BT OR

3. Use the Council's consultation portal on this link: click here You will have to register first to be able to take part this way and it is more time-consuming.

The Oxted and Limpsfield Residents "OLRG" website has more information:


To support our campaign IN ADDITION we ask you sign the petition in protest.


*Thank you to everyone for your support. We have submitted the Petition to Tandridge District Council for the first Consultation. The Petition will remain open certainly until the 2nd Consultation scheduled later in the year and we urge you to continue to share and encourage fellow residents to sign and make their views known.*

4. Objection to proposed shared entrance St Anthonys Church

M.K.N. Developers have purchased the vacant property on the Clontarf Rd. adjacent to the old St. Anthony’s Church. They have full planning permission to build 15 houses, 4 Apartments, an commercial unit and an access road.

They have expressed a willingness to enter into a ‘partnership project’ with St. Anthony’s Parish to provide a shared entrance/exit road into the church grounds and a new housing development.

5. Stop Landfill in Dimmocks Cote Quarry

Dimmocks Cote quarry is an existing Limestone quarry on the A1123 in Cambridgeshire between the villages of Wicken and Stretham.

The site has provided a vital source of water for the surrounding Cam Wash SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and Kingfishers Bridge Wetland Creation Project nature reserves for many years and has extensive wetlands within the quarry itself.

However as part of a new expansion plan the Quarry owners; Francis Flower, have applied to fill the majority of the extension area and some of the existing void with landfill and use the site for commercial waste recycling. This use poses great danger for the surrounding nature reserves with the risk of pollution entering the limestone bedrock or being pumped out into the wetlands with catastrophic consequences.

As part of this change of use the Cambridgeshire County Councils planning team have estimated there will be an additional 21, 760 HGV lorry movements a year through the villages of Wicken and Stretham, although the original application from the quarry suggests even more!

For more information on the planning application visit and search for application E/3008/14/CM

6. Review Mundford Football Club Advertising Board's Refused Planning Consent

As a amateur football club for both adult and youth players we took the initiative to raise funds for the club by providing advertising space for local businesses around the perimeter fence of the main football pitch.

Having firstly consulted with Mundford Parish Council for approval with no objections, we pressed forward with approaching, selling and installing advertising boards from September 2014.

In March 2015 Breckland Council requested Mundford Football Club to submit an application for consent to display an advertisement(s).

In September 2015 Breckland Council refused the application for the 21x advertising boards facing the main road (Cranwich Road) for the following reasons:

1) By virtue of their location, height and cumulative length, visually harmful to the open setting of the open space area and detrimental to the visual amenity of the broader locale.

2) Creates an almost solid line of adverting with a mix of colours, designs and content which cumulatively results in visual clutter in what is, by nature of its use, a large open space and are intrusive in the street scene and detrimental to the amenities of the area.

To support our case so far, we have the backing of Mundford Parish Council and Norfolk County Council Highways. We are now asking for the local, national and football communities to support our appeal to overturn Breckland Council original decision to refuse consent.

Since the club installed the advertising boards back in September 2014, we have received nothing more than praise from the local community, businesses and visitors to the village on how professional these advertising boards are presented and are a credit to the football club

If we are not successful with our appeal to the council this will have financial implications in running of both adults teams, but more importantly the 60 youth players currently registered within the club to play weekly football, to improve their social skills and the enjoyment of team sports.

7. More Discounted Local Housing For Local People

Eleven new houses ranging from two to four bedrooms, semi-detached and detached, sensitively built and in keeping with the local area are currently awaiting planning permission.

The proposed construction area is within the bounds of the Whitacres (Kingsbury/Coleshill, Warwickshire), in an exclusive village location. They will be built specifically with local people in mind and will not go on the open market initially in order to allow local people to have priority.

Six of the houses will be available to rent the other five can be purchased at a highly discounted prices.

If you would like the opportunity to buy or rent a one of the dwellings described or even if you simply believe that local people deserve this type of opportunity please add your name to the petition.

8. Object to Development at Liberton Tower Mains


Glencairn Properties are proposing to develop residential units in a section of open land space, designated by Edinburgh Council as green belt and great landscape value.

Any development on this land would set a dangerous precedent in Edinburgh, and more specifically within the area of The Braids, and could signal further development within green belt and protected areas within Edinburgh.

Due to this the local community is strongly opposing any such development.

The area of land is currently used by children at the Montessori Arts School as an outdoor play area and learning facility, which would be lost as part of the proposed development.

In order to ensure that this application is refused please ensure that you share this petition with as many people as possible. The stronger the support, the stronger the voice the local community will have in ensuring this and future applications are refused.

The developer has finally lodged their planning application for the proposed housing units, the application and plans can be viewed on the below link. Crucially this is also where we must lodge objections with the Council to ensure that the opinions of the local community are heard.

Whilst notices of support on this petition are greatly welcomed formal objections via the planning portal and letters of objection to local councillors, MSPs and MP will be crucial in pushing the application towards refusal. Any such correspondence will be greatly appreciated by all who oppose this development.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

9. Safeguard the Five Ways Public House Nottingham

The Five Ways Public House has recently been sold and we understand that this Grade 2 listed building is to become a Muslim Education & community activity centre.

Planning permission is yet to be submitted at the time of writing this petition, according to the Nottingham City Council website.

Our concerns ( local residents ) is the future of the grade 2 listed interior and exterior design. We are also concerned regarding future use and believe that the Five Ways should remain a pub as determined by the current planning status.

Please sign and share this petition in order to strengthen our position during the consultation phase of any future planning permission.

Many Thanks.

10. Stop TESCO Taking Over Parkhead

Sheffield Council’s Planning Officer has gone against overwhelming public opinion and has recommended that the application for a food store on the Parkhead Garage site and the adjoining semi-detached house be granted conditionally.

Further details about this application and the Planning Officer’s recommendation can be found in planning application reference 14/00133/ful which can be viewed on Sheffield Council’s website.

If the Planning Committee approves TESCO’s proposals for a store, it is quite possible TESCO may make an attempt to purchase the other adjoining semi-detached house, demolish both houses and create a much larger store, thereby changing the distinctive residential feel of Parkhead and Whirlow for ever!

11. Abolish the Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate effectively removes all democratic accountability in the planning system by continuously overriding the decisions of elected Councillors. This effectively allows developers to have free reign to push development by winning planning appeals either on technicalities or on the whim of an inspector with no local knowledge of the area they are deciding on.

The purpose of this petition is to abolish the Planning Inspectorate and allow appeals only where there has been a breach of the law which can be decided by the judicial process. This will strengthen the power of local democracy by ensuring those who make decisions can be held accountable.

Developers should also be encouraged to engage constructively with local authorities and local people rather than using the planning system to fight against their decisions. New housing will always be needed but should not come at the expense of destroying villages and putting significant strain on infrastructure.

12. Support Lidl in Huntingdon

Lidl was granted planning permission back in November 2013 for the redevelopment of the Former Stukeley Nurseries site in Huntingdon for a foodstore with a 1,063sqm sales area and 78 car parking spaces.

Lidl’s business model has since evolved in order to provide an improved customer experience through more space between aisles and checkouts and to create operational benefits arising from a more efficient store layout. The result of this being that Lidl now have a requirement for a slightly larger footprint and as such a revised planning application has been submitted to construct a store with a sales area of 1286sqm and 104 car parking spaces (including disabled and parent and child spaces).

The store will provide the town with a much needed discount food store, bringing more shopping choice to the local community and would create approximately 40 new jobs.

13. No Plas Ceiriog Young Adults Residential Home

A planning application has been submitted to change Plas Ceiriog in Glyn Ceiriog into a Young Adults Residential Home.

The company who have submitted the application are by all accounts a fine company who do excellent work with vulnerable young people. However WCBC is already well served with Residential Homes for young adults. there is no more demand in the area.

There is demand elsewhere (north west Wales, south east Wales), and research and evidence shows that for these vulnerable young adults to get the best possible outcomes they need to be repatriated back to their communities. They would therefore not be best served in an isolated rural community far from their own communities.

14. Stop Peel Holdings Plan AS17 - Petition to speak at Full Council Meeting

MMAAPP’s objection to Peel Holdings proposal AS17 to build a massive industrial/logistics complex on highly productive and most valued agricultural greenbelt. A development which would destroy habitat and prime food growing land, encourage urban sprawl and see communities merge. We are campaigning to protect the land and support development on alternative brownfield sites.

We would hope that Sefton Council will reject plan AS17 as inappropriate on agricultural greenbelt that is an essential gap between communities.

By 2030 the UK will need an additional 2 million hectares of good growing land. Why allow our best, most productive asset to be destroyed now, when brownfield sites are available, and are as well or even better connected for Peel’s purposes? Once it’s gone it’s gone: Forever.

Thank you for your support.

15. Bonne idée mais c'est trop! Cent-trente, trois et beau!

En mars de cette année, le Conseil municipal du village de North Hatley a donné son accord en principe à un projet de développement composé de 230 logements s’élevant jusqu’à une hauteur de cinq étages au cœur de notre beau village. Le projet a été présenté au public à de récentes séances d' information, générant beaucoup de discussions et de préoccupations.

Alors que le développement est le bienvenu à North Hatley, les résultats de ce projet seront avec nous pour des générations ; il est extrêmement important que nous faisions bien les choses!

Rejoignez un nombre croissant de personnes préoccupées par ce projet, en signant cette pétition adressée au Maire et au conseil de North Hatley, dans le but de réduire la taille et la densité de ce développement et de le soumettre à un examen obligatoire.

Merci de bien vouloir faire circuler ce message à tous ceux qui partagent notre préoccupation, et leur demander de signer également. Nous espérons présenter les résultats de cette pétition au maire et au Conseil lors de la prochaine réunion du Conseil le 8 Septembre.


In March of this year the Municipal Council of the Village of North Hatley gave Approval in Principle to a development project comprised of 230 dwellings rising in places to a height of five storeys in the core of our beautiful village. The project was presented to the public in recent information sessions, generating a great deal of discussion and concern.

While development is welcome in North Hatley, the results of this project will be with us for generations; it's vitally important we get it right!

Please join a growing number of concerned people in petitioning the Mayor and Council of North Hatley to reduce the size and density of this development and to submit it to binding review.

Please also would you circulate this message to anyone who shares our concern, asking that they also sign. We hope to present the results of this petition to the Mayor and Council at the September 8th Council Meeting.

16. Save Sefton Borough’s Green Belt – stop Peel Holdings’ plan

MMAAPP (Melling, Maghull and Aintree Against Peel Plan) exists to prevent over 100 acres of the UK’s best grade agricultural land being destroyed for profit and replaced by industrial units, leading to congested roads, loss of amenity, and the start of the erosion of the last of our Green Belt and the destruction of communities’ boundaries.

By 2030 the UK will need an additional 2 million hectares of good growing land. Why allow our best, most productive asset to be destroyed now, when brownfield sites are available, and as well if not better connected for Peel’s purposes. Once it’s gone it’s gone: Forever.

Thank you for your support.

17. Equality - Say no to Gypsy Planning Application Adsborough

Despite refusal of the original planning application by Taunton Deane Planners, the applicants are appealing. We need your help to support us in objecting to this application.

Access to the site is unsafe and we seek that gypsy planning applications are dealt with in the same manner as for any other resident. - Equal rights.

18. Support Lidl in South Ruislip

Lidl have acquired the vacant Imperial House unit on Victoria Road, South Ruislip. A planning application will be submitted shortly for a discount food store with a 1286m² sales area and 105 car parking spaces.

The redevelopment of the site will provide the following benefits to the local area:

• New local employment opportunities.
• Redevelopment of a vacant brownfield site.
• Provision of a new discount food store within South Ruislip.
• Enhanced competition resulting in more economical pricing.
• A modern, high quality building to improve the visual amenity of the area.
• An easily accessible location promoting sustainable modes of transport and linked trips.
• Customer cycle parking to encourage visits by bicycle.

The proposed development will provide a local discount food store within South Ruislip and will both complement and improve the current shopping provisions within the town, helping to create a more sustainable community.

Your feedback is very important to us and the Local Planning Authority. If you are in favour of our proposals then we would be grateful if you would assist us by voicing your support and signing our petition.

For further information, news and updates please visit our website at

19. Support Lidl in Hayes (Old)

We are pleased to announce that Lidl UK have recently purchased the former Hayes Swimming Pool site on Botwell Lane, Hayes. A planning application will be submitted shortly for a discount foodstore with a 1286 m² sales area and 70 car parking spaces.

The redevelopment of the site will provide the following benefits to the local area:

• New local employment opportunities.
• Redevelopment of a vacant brownfield site.
• Provision of a new discount food store within the Town Centre.
• Enhanced competition resulting in more competitive pricing.
• A modern, high quality building to improve the visual amenity of the area.
• An easily accessible location promoting sustainable modes of transport and linked trips.
• Customer cycle parking to encourage visits by bicycle.
• A limited range of products (up to 2,000 lines) to encourages continued use of existing independent and national retailers.

The proposed store will provide a local discount food store in the heart of Hayes Town Centre and will both complement and improve the current shopping provisions within the Town Centre, helping to create a more sustainable community.

Your feedback is very important to us and the Local Planning Authority. If you are in favour of our proposals then we would be grateful if you would assist us by voicing your support and signing our petition.

For further information, news and updates please visit our website at

20. Support Lidl in Rickmansworth

Lidl have acquired the former Rickmansworth Police Station site on Rectory Road, Rickmansworth. A planning application will be submitted shortly for a discount foodstore with a 925 m² sales area and 42 car parking spaces.

The redevelopment of the site will provide the following benefits to the local area:

• New local employment opportunities.
• Redevelopment of a vacant brownfield site.
• Provision of a new discount food store within Rickmansworth.
• Enhanced competition resulting in more competitive pricing.
• A modern, high quality building to improve the visual amenity of the area.
• An easily accessible location promoting sustainable modes of transport and linked trips.
• Customer cycle parking to encourage visits by bicycle.
• A limited range of products (up to 2,000 lines) to encourages continued use of existing independent and national retailers.

The proposed store will provide a local discount food store close to Rickmansworth town centre and will both complement and improve the current shopping provisions within Rickmansworth, helping to create a more sustainable community.

Your feedback is very important to us and the Local Planning Authority. If you are in favour of our proposals then we would be grateful if you would assist us by voicing your support and signing our petition.

For further information, news and updates please visit our website at

21. Deny Variance Request for Braun Reserve

The City of Houston has existing ordinances to adequately plan for safe, effective urban communities.

Let's advocate for quality of life in Montrose.

22. Support Lidl in Mottingham

Lidl have acquired the former Porcupine Public House site at 24 Mottingham Road, Mottingham. In due course we will be submitting a planning application for a discount food store with an 800 m² sales area and 30 car parking spaces.

The site has laid vacant for a number of months and is becoming increasingly unsightly. Our proposal will regenerate the site with a modern, efficient store offering Mottingham residents a discount alternative to the current food offer within Mottingham Town Centre.

The development would bring a greater shopping choice to local people and create up to 40 new jobs.

23. Stop the Industrial Development of Kingsclere Quarry

John Stacey & Son Ltd have applied to construct and operate the disused Kingsclere Lime Quarry on the A339 at Wolverton as an Industrial Waste Recycling Facility & Transfer Loading Station.

If the application is successful, the roads through the local villages could be used as ‘rat runs’ by contractors and their heavy lorries coming to and from Stacey’s site at Tadley. There could be 50 lorries or more coming past houses on these routes every day. The country lanes will not only have to deal with this excessive traffic but will become more dangerous for car users, cyclists, joggers, walkers, horse riders and other road users

Further, there will be movements of 126 lorries or more per day on the A339. This road is already busy and dangerous, and this increased heavy and slow traffic can only add to this danger with lorries turning right across the A339 coming out of the site in order to travel towards Newbury, or right across the A339 going into the site travelling from Basingstoke. Fully laden trucks will also exit the site in the direction of Basingstoke from a standing start up the hill and join the crawler lane forcing other HGVs into the second lane again increasing danger on this section of road.

This quarry site is within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which confirms that the landscape and scenic beauty of the area has the highlest level of protection from the Government. The statutory purpose of AONBs is to "conserve and enhance" the natural beauty of an environment, which the development of an industrial site will clearly not achieve.

The operation of the site will involve 100,000 tons per year of waste materials from urban and industrial areas being transported into the AONB from outside its boundaries, for the material to be processed within the AONB, and then to be transported out again back to urban and industrial areas. This cannot either enhance or preserve the AONB and whilst the need for recycling is clear, this should be done within an existing industrial environment and not within a protected AONB.

Other major concerns resulting from the application are increased noise from machinery and lorries, dust and other air pollution, light pollution from security and operational lighting and the potential danger to the local water courses from pollution.

Details of the planning application are on The Hampshire County Council website:
The planning application reference is BDB 75928.

Final objections to the application need to be lodged by 16 June 2013.

24. Support Lidl's planning application at Victoria St, Bury

Lidl UK propose to redevelop the derelict Elton Gasworks site into a neighbourhood foodstore, and trade/employment units.

We have recently submitted a planning application to Bury MBC, which outlines our proposals to transform the site into a modern, attractive development. This store will not only bring Lidl’s popular range of quality products at discount prices, but also significant new employment opportunities to the area.

This development will regenerate what is currently a disused derelict site and bring a modern, bespoke development to the area. A Lidl store will help revive this location and provide safe, secure and welcoming environment. All of our stores are built to be very energy efficient and have a minimal carbon footprint.

We are designing our store to ensure that our building is not out of scale with the local properties, and to ensure we do not adversely affect our neighbours.

25. Investigate St. Ann's Well, Nottingham before any development starts on the site

St. Ann’s Well is an important historic site in Nottingham which deserves thorough professional archaeological investigation. The need for this has become urgent as the City Council has granted planning permission for houses to be built on the site.

St. Ann’s Well, formerly Robin Hood’s Well, was considered to be the main Nottingham site connected with Robin Hood until the 19th century, and fits the description of the location of his hideout.

The Well was the destination for a procession of most of the citizens of the town, led by the mayor, each Easter Monday throughout the middle ages. Deer were culled for a venison feast for all.

Water from the spring was considered to have healing properties and the Knights Templars built a stone immersion chamber here to treat skin diseases. This chamber was in use through the centuries until 1887 when it was covered over by workmen before a railway bridge was built.

Around 1600 an early brick house was built here for Nottingham’s woodward and this building became a public house, visited by royalty, including James I. The house also displayed “relics” of Robin Hood and hosted a society called the Brotherhood of the Bow. Some interesting artefacts have been found here, including a medieval gold ring and coin. Since it was an important focus for a thousand years it is likely there are more to be discovered.

St. Ann’s Well faded from public memory after the railway bridge was constructed over the site. The bridge was demolished in the 1960s and a pub built on the site. The pub too has now been demolished. As a result, there is currently an opportunity for an archaeological investigation to dig down to the level of the stone chamber and locate building remains and artefacts from the area’s history.

Planning permission requires that the developer funds some archaeological investigation on the site. But this will only be shallow, to the depth that new building may damage. The immersion chamber and medieval relics are likely to be deeper underground, covered by soil from the railway embankment. Once houses are built and the land is split up into separate ownerships it is unlikely it can ever be investigated again.

So far, Nottingham City Council has shown little interest in the site, though they promote the cjty’s connections with Robin Hood. We don’t want the opportunity to be lost to research a place with a strong connection with the outlaw which became an important part of Nottingham’s heritage.

St. Ann's Well-Wishers

26. Save Ingles Meadow

The Radnor Estate has recently submitted amended plans to build a 59 dwelling housing estate on land currently occupied by Folkestone Garden Centre and close to Grade II listed Ingles Manor and historically termed Ingles Meadow.

Approaching 100 individuals and groups have submitted objections on the SDC website and a group of concerned local residents have already collected over a thousand signatures on a handwritten petition, which they intend to present to the Shepway Development Control Committee before it meets to determine the planning application.

There has been a garden centre on the site since the early 1970’s. When planning permission was originally sought for the Garden Centre, the amenity value for local residents was emphasized. The town centre location means it is accessible on foot or by public transport and it also draws a huge number of visitors from outside Folkestone. The parkland setting is a green oasis in the middle of the town, an important centre for the community and a haven for wild life, complete with badger setts. There is widespread distress at the prospect of losing Folkestone Garden Centre and the popular “Blossoms” café. Folkestone Town Council policy 3, which is a constraint on the site’s development, makes provision for keeping important groups of trees. Despite this the plan is to fell over 60 of them.

Grade II listed Ingles Manor dates back to the late 17th or early 18th century when it was constructed as a farmhouse and a number of farm outbuildings still exist. It currently houses the Channel Business Centre. According to council policy, any development should respect Grade II listed Ingles Manor and the special nature of the conservation area and yet 3 storey town houses, 11 metres high, are proposed in front of Ingles Manor, dramatically changing the nature of this part of the Conservation Area.

The Draft Core Strategy document for Shepway states that the area which includes the proposed development site, entitled the central/west development arc, provides for some residential development provided it can be justified by enabling the full commercial potential of the area to be realized. 70 people are currently employed here but this number may reduce dramatically if the application is given the go ahead.

The site is bordered by Jointon Road and Castle Hill Avenue which are in the next phase of the parking scheme introduced to ease congestion. The sewers on Castle Hill Avenue and Shorncliffe Road flood after heavy rain, making life difficult for pedestrians and drivers. There have been a number of road accidents in the section of Castle Hill Avenue which will carry increased traffic if the proposed development goes ahead.

27. Say No to Oak Wharf!

The owners of Oak Wharf - the small plot of land in Oak Cottages between #10 & #11 - have submitted a new planning application. The previous application was for five three-story two-bedroom townhouses - ten bedrooms. The new application has four three-story three-bedroom townhouses - 12 bedrooms.

So while the density was criticised in the previously rejected application, the new application has more bedrooms.

Residents of Oak Cottages / Fox Villas met to look at the application and they are unanimous in their objection to the proposal.

The planning process only considers planning-related objections. They consider these to be:
- design and layout
- external appearance and materials
- access for disabled people
- loss of daylight, sunlight and privacy of neighbours
- noise nuisance
- traffic and parking issues
- loss of, or an increase in, a particular type of use of land

The proposal is from developers and architects who are keen to get the most they can on the site. In addition to being inappropriate for the site and area, the application does not meet minimum requirements for a planning application in a conservation area. Essential details about materials are missing, some of the required drawings are missing. There is also very convenient selective reference to policy by the applicants to make the modernists and over-sized application appear to be within permitted policy.

It fails on many fronts. Unfortunately there is limited confidence in the guidance of the Planning Department to take a balanced view given that it recommended the previous application for approval (the Planning Committee rejected it having also questioned the content of the report to Committee).

It is remarkably difficult to get an application like this rejected. We were successful last time in part by mobilizing support for the character and charm of the area down by The Fox Pub. We will be doing all we can to obtain comments and support from relevant bodies.

If you feel able to please join us in rejecting the planning proposal and petition against it.

28. Support Lidl in Northampton

Following further discussions with the Planners at Northampton Borough Council, Lidl will be submitting a revised planning application in March 2013 for the re-development of 25-29 Gambrel Road, Northampton for a Lidl food store with a 1063 sq m sales area and 79 car parking spaces.

The site is immediately adjacent to Sixfields Retail Park and sits in an area of mixed uses including retail and light industrial units. Currently the premises consist of a car wash, a second hand car dealership and vacant land, which are becoming increasingly unsightly.

Lidl’s proposal will regenerate the site by creating a contemporary and modern store, in close proximity to the residents of Duston to facilitate further choice for consumers in the locality as well as creating up to 40 new jobs in the area.

29. No Sainsbury's in Cheddar

Sainsbury's want to build a 3,773 square metre store at Steart Farm off Wedmore Road in Cheddar. The store will also host a cafe and will be open from 7am until 10pm.

Cheddar is a rural village with numerous supermarkets already available just a short drive away. The open, beautiful, landscape in this part of Cheddar will not be enhanced by the erection of an ugly new supermarket, service yard and car park. Sainsbury's will rely on visits by cars as bus services past the store are infrequent. There will be significant negative impact on traffic congestion and road safety. The paths near the proposed store are narrow or nonexistent and the scheme does not propose any improvements, in fact there is nothing in this scheme to benefit Cheddar or its residents.

Village centre shops, as well as those in surrounding villages will suffer from trade leakage and some may close. Cheddar residents already leave the village for their bulk shopping so that they can use a wider range of facilities in nearby towns, not just the supermarket, and for many residents those trips will continue even if a supermarket is built here.

30. Save Trent Lane Depot

In light of the current demolition threat to Trent Lane Depot (REF 12/01616/PADA), I have put an application in for listing with English Heritage. I hope you will agree that this site is of special historical interest.

It would be a grave mistake for the city to bury one of its proudest achievements, which from 1928 to its decline in 1970s was known as "Nottingham's Highway to the Sea". There have been sound competition proposals to save the buildings and develop the site but the owners The Homes and Communities Agency appear more interested in maximizing profit and speed, rather than heritage, place-making or design.

A little gentle persuasion from the City Council or English Heritage is perhaps all that is needed. The situation is urgent as the demolition team are currently setting up their equipment. I am currently liaising with English Heritage, The Twentieth Century Society and British Waterways.

English Heritage have informed me that they have put this in for emergency review early next week. Any delay to the demolition will be beneficial.