Bovis Estate

Planning Update

Lawn Farm II, Bovis. Reserved Matters application for 50 houses incl. 20 affordable.

As the Lawn Farm development progresses at pace, there has been considerable interest in the submission of the plans for phase two. The Parish Council has submitted a letter summarising the key points raised. We welcome the open space offsetting the SSSI, however this has led to the appearance of an overcrowded site, to take account of the reduced area for development. Combined with the layout of terracing and orientation to the street, this leads to an urbanised feel. We have also raised concerns over the choice of trees and asked for clarification over public rights of way. Let's see what the planners think!

Spring Meadows, Guild Homes. 30 houses including 12 affordable

Development progressing to plan; nothing major to report. The PC is in discussion about taking control of the strip of land between the site and the SSSI to absolutely protect the SSSI, to stop encroachment and to eliminate any future disputes between residents and a remote management company.

Spitalfields, DB Land. 24 houses and bungalows including 12 affordable

Most of the foundations are in, lots of heavy machinery in operation, as you will have seen. The timber frames are due to arrive shortly and the main access road will be surfaced this month. It is to be swept regularly to avoid mud on local roads. Occupation is due to commence mid-2017. Fortis Housing have purchased 8 social rented properties along with 4 shared ownership properties with priority for locals. 10 of the 12 affordables have also been reserved by local people.

The Pheasant. Outline application for 14 houses and retention of existing public house.

The Parish Council had commented on some provisional plans in August and the planning application is now in. This application will be considered at the next PC meeting.

The architects do appear to have taken account of the concerns expressed at the initial consultation. These included increasing the footprint of the pub, increasing parking and including outside seating areas. With 14 houses, of which 4 are designated affordable, the spacing is far more in keeping with a rural appearance than the previous scheme for 19 houses.

If this outline application is approved, important details around the use and refurbishment of the Pheasant and issues like flood risk and parking will come as part of a later reserved matters application. We will keep you advised.