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Village fears it is 'under siege' from developers
AN action group in Mickleton is preparing to fight a flurry of planning applications as it fears the village is “under siege” from developers.
About 150 residents have joined action group Mickleton CARE (Campaign Against Reckless Expansion) which formed a month ago in response to an array of proposed developments in and around the village.
Last month, CALA Homes (Midlands) Ltd submitted plans to Cotswold District Council for the demolition of a packhouse building and other structures to make way for up to 80 homes and up to 346sq m of business space at the former Meon Hill Nurseries, Canada Lane.
Newland Homes has proposed 75 homes for Arbour Close and there are another 55 homes being planned by Charles Church and Persimmon, on Stratford Road, adding up to more than 200 new homes within the village.
Members are also concerned about 500 homes in Long Marston which are under construction along with proposals for further developments nearby.
Leigh Remington, chairman of the CARE, said: “With 800 houses potentially being built within a couple of miles and these three proposals on our doorstep, we feel like we are under siege.
“The individual schemes themselves pose issues. The Canada Lane development is right on the Heart of England public right of way.
“We do accept change and we will have to accept housing to satisfy our quota in the next 20 years but we really want to have our say on what’s done.”
The group now hopes to increase its ranks and engage with groups including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, National Heritage and the Heart of England Way Association.
“A number of us use the doctor’s surgery in Lower Quinton right next door to the Long Marston development,” said Mr Remington. “They are already full and they are being told they have to take another 500 people.
We’re concerned about a number items. Our school is at full capacity.”
Darren Humphreys, managing director for CALA Homes Midlands, said: “Our proposals for Mickleton would provide muchneeded housing for the area and cater for everyone from firsttime buyers to families.
“The proposed development would be sensitively designed in the traditional Cotswold style to ensure it is in keeping with the character of the village.
“Significant investment would also be made by CALA Homes through a Section 106 Agreement towards local services and facilities.” For more information e-mail mickletonCARE@ yahoo.
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