Comment now on application for development in Chesterton
Release date: 21 January 2016
Cotswold District Council recently received an outline application from Bathurst Development Ltd (BDL) proposing the building of up to 2350 homes, and the development of 9.1 hectares of employment land and associated infrastructure at Chesterton. The application was made in parallel with the Council’s new Local Plan process and its emerging housing strategy. This is the initial stage in the planning process for consideration of the BDL application, and CDC officers have now registered the application and published the details online - also making them available for public inspection - enabling the public to submit representations.
Given the complexity of the application, the statutory time period for the submission of comments will be six weeks rather than the usual 21 day period i.e. a deadline of Thursday 3 March. This deadline is not a 'cut-off date'' and the Council will accept comments up to the point of issuing the decision. However, it will help us to receive comments within a defined timescale in case there are any queries or points raised which require further information or clarification.
The Council recommends that submission of any comments regarding BDL’s outline application should be made online via the Council’s planning register /residents/planning-building/planning/planning-applications-register , which will also enable people to follow the progress of the application, including additional information and amendments, provided they register for the Public Access service and track the application.
Frequently asked questions are available now at /residents/planning-building/planning/chesterton-planning-application/ for those wishing to obtain more details about this application.
Cllr Nick Parsons, the Deputy Leader of CDC and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, has reassured residents that the submission of the BDL outline application will not undermine the independent inspector’s decision on the emerging Local Plan, which includes a proposal for a strategic development site at Chesterton, and which will be important in the Council’s consideration of the new planning application:
“It is not unusual for developers to submit outline planning applications which relate to proposals in emerging Local Plans. The developer will understand that the final determination of the strategy for Chesterton in the Local Plan will be made by an independent inspector who will take into account the evidence gathered to support the Local Plan, including relevant representations submitted by the public and the relevant technical information accompanying the BDL application.
“Should the Local Plan proposals be approved by an inspector, the development would have to be completed by 2031, and similar scale projects elsewhere would indicate that the consultation process following the submission of an outline application could take several months and perhaps even a year. Similarly, the fine details would be subject to further lengthy planning applications and consultations before the Planning Committee could decide whether to permit or refuse them.”
Cllr Sue Jepson, the CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, added:
“Due to the scale and complex nature of the outline application, it is acknowledged by the Council and the developer that the consideration of the application will take a good deal longer than the statutory 13 week period. Therefore both parties have entered into a Planning Performance Agreement which sets out the expected timescale for dealing with the application. Initially, the Planning Performance Agreement sets out a 9 month period to bring the outline application to the Council’s Planning Committee for a resolution, with a further period set aside to discuss contributions required towards infrastructure both off and on site. However, the timescales set out in the Planning Performance Agreement will be subject to regular review by both parties as the application progresses.”