Greenfield site planning needs careful scrutiny
DEVELOPMENT of new homes on green field sites is bound to set temperatures rising and this week, it seems it has been turned up a notch across the district.
Some residents in Cambridge are against a development including some affordable homes, and leading community figures fear another major housing development on the edge of Stroud is on the horizon.
Housebuilders have been circling Baxter's field off Summer Street since 1975, and two attempts to get outline permission have failed.
But residents and politicians are ready for a new fight, even though plans for homes there are at a very early stage.
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We have seen the value of people power in the fight against 48 homes at Wades Farm. It has a trump card that Baxter's field doesn't – inclusion in the Cotswolds Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty.
Once a green field has been built on, it's gone. So wherever a developer's spade is thrust, it's important that the planners and house builders get it right for our communities.
That's where our decision makers, the councillors and MP we voted for, come in. Several have voiced grave concerns about Baxter's field, and Stroud District Council is moving closer to its target figure for housing which is around 15per cent less than originally intended by 2031.
THOUSANDS are expected to salute double Olympian Peter Reed's golden achievements on Saturday.
We'll be proud to be with him throughout the day, meeting as many well-wishers as he can in Stroud and Nailsworth.