Thursday, November 18, 2004

Planning success!

OK - It's been far too long since I sat down and did this but I'm not even going to try to fill in the gaps. Suffice to say that yesterday the SBC planning committee accepted my proposal to refuse permission to demolish the Rookery and Sunnymount and replace them with a mix of houses and flats. Along with my fellow ward councillor and local residents I argued that the Rookery is sufficiently unusual in the region to warrant preservation, and that in a conservation area that is what we should be doing. After John had read out the relevant paragraphs from the previous appeal inspector's report and the new report from English Heritage the whole committee voted to retain the Rookery.
As I said in my proposal, the design of the proposal was an attractive design in the right place, but the highest point in that part of the conservation area was not the right place. We now wait to see whether an appeal is lodged.
Meanwhile residents from round the village green area have organised a public meeting to discuss the applications that have been put in for building of new houses round the edge of the village. John and I will go to display the plans and listen to what people have to say, as well as to answer any questions.

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