Plans for 125 houses at Mitcheldean

By Ross Gazette sports reporter   |   Sport reporter   |
Wednesday 6th March 2019 11:36 am
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Plans to build a new 100-plus housing estate in a Forest of Dean village will be thrashed out next week.

Gladman Developments Ltd wants to build 125 homes in the village of Mitcheldean, and the application is set to go before Forest of Dean District Council’s planning committee next Tuesday.

The “high quality” estate would be built on the large green field off Carisbrook Road, next to the Vantage Point Business Village.

However, planning officers have recommended the outline application is refused because it could harm the setting of Grade I St Michael and All Angels Church, according to a council report.

The document added that there isn’t enough evidence of how cars would travel in and out the development on the Abenhall Road/A4136 junction.

A design and access statement submitted to the borough council by the developers said: “The site create a logical, carefully considered extension to Mitcheldean which will respect the transition between the existing built edge and the adjacent countryside.

“It will promote a development that integrates into its surroundings, with a focus on maximising connectivity with both the existing settlement edge and the rural Public Rights of Way network.”

In total, there are 327 objections from residents to the proposals, arguing that roads, nearby schools and doctor surgeries are “over capacity”.

One resident said: “Our village has two small grocery stores which already have empty shelves at certain times; the doctor’s surgery catchment area already included the areas of Longhope, Huntley and even Churcham – which is six miles away.

“You cannot get an appointment sometimes for two weeks. The local primary school is above capacity in some classes, some local children are already having to go to other local primary schools as they could not get a place at Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School.”

The district council’s planning committee will consider the application on March 12th, from 2pm.

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