13th March 2014
The final nail has been driven into the plan to build a new town at Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath, campaigners claimed yesterday.
A sound survey carried out across the site by a firm of internationally-respected acousticians found that almost all of it is noise-polluted, as defined by government guidelines.
Experts commissioned by FORSE (Friends of a Rural and Sustainable Environment - FORSE.org.uk) also challenged noise-reduction claims made by the developers in glossy brochures as "wildly ambitious" and a sound contour map produced by developers as "scientifically impossible".
Cllr Laura Steele, FORSE chairman, said yesterday:"This scientific study confirms what we have been saying now for more than eight months - G/LH would be an extremely unhealthy place to live. We must surely be able to do better than this in finding homes for our future generations."
To read more, click here.
9th March 2014
DON'T FORGET! The current consultation period ends at 5pm on Friday 14 March.
Time is marching on and we are getting closer to the deadline. All of the FORSE booklets have been distributed to the four parishes and it is imperative that we now ensure as many responses as possible. Remember that all members of the household can respond, including children, provided that they are capable of signing their name on the document.
If you have already made your response – THANK YOU VERY MUCH. If not – get on with it!
For those who helped by delivering the FORSE information pack, thank you so much. Now is the time to follow up – this means knocking on the doors where you delivered the pack, asking whether they have made their response and offering help. We know that’s not an easy thing to do, but don’t be put off – every vote counts!
SDC keep moving the goalposts but, if filling in the complete form, FORSE policy would be to score Option A, Fuller Dispersal, as Preference One and Option B, Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath as Preference Five. For the avoidance of doubt it might be wise to fill in the other three Options in order of your choice. For your guidance:
Option C: Long Marston Airfield. Brownfield Site. Restorable rail line adjacent. Free £20 million ring road section on offer from developers.
Option D: South-East Stratford. Integration within the existing community of Stratford-upon-Avon. Possibility of another Avon crossing at least part-funded by developers.
Option E: Brownfield site at Southam North. Benefactor’s vision of genuine Bourneville-style garden village at Stoneythorpe.
However, to make things a bit easier, and following a request from Gaydon residents at their meeting on 18th Feb, we have produced a one page document summarising the main reasons why Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath is the least preferable place. You can download this here.
This has already proven to be very successful in eliciting a response from the hard to reach folks. This could be a mix of apathy, a feeling that it wasn’t worth responding, good intentions about objecting but little time, or simply that there was too much information to digest - we know that lots of folks feel uncomfortable about filling in forms. All the individual has to do is to complete their name and address, sign it and hand over to a FORSE supporter for delivery to SDC – and remember every member of the household can complete it. You may want to use this to help you or to help others.
We know that residents affected by the other development options under consideration are beginning to galvanise support – see the report about Long Marston in the Stratford Herald of 27th Feb. This is not surprising – the good news is that FORSE is already on the case and we have all of you as supporters, but it demonstrates that we need to make sure that we get many more objections than the other areas.
Responses can be made on-line using the link above, by email to email@example.com or by post to Stratford-on-Avon District Council, FREEPOST CV2468, Chief Executive's Unit, Elizabeth House, Church Street, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON CV37 6BR.
You can download the consultation response documents here.
16th January 2014
Following some analysis by Stratford District Council over the past few weeks, another period of consultation is looming, this time from 31st January for six weeks.
The great news is that there are now serious alternatives to the Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath (GLH) development proposal and GLH is no longer the preferred option. The five sites now being considered for inclusion in the Core Strategy are Long Marston, Southam, Stoneythorpe, Stratford East and GLH. All five sites are being considered on an equal footing with the full reports due to be completed in March 2014.
We are truly making a difference. However it does mean that this time our response will be measured against the other possible sites who are also rallying their troops for a fight. We have to do even better than last time.
We have to tell residents what is happening and make sure our response this time is even more effective than the last. We need help this weekend to deliver flyers to residents of all four parishes and beyond. If you can help, meet us at Lighthorne Village Hall at 10am on Saturday 18th January.
For more background information on the latest consultation and the cabinet meeting, click here. Pages 11-26 refer to the Core Strategy development.