Plans for Standish farm conversion to 27 homes angers residents
OPPONENTS are braced for a battle with the county council over plans to develop 27 homes on farmland near Stonehouse.
A planning application from Gloucestershire County Council, which wants to build 16 new homes at Horsemarling Farm in Standish parish, and make 11 more homes from the existing farmhouse and barns, which it owns, has sparked outrage
Around 40 letters from residents overlooking the site have been sent to Stroud District Council, which will determine the application.
Standish Parish Council and the Environment Agency have objected, although Stonehouse Town Council believes it would be "a sympathetic improvement" at an entry point to the town.
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The Agency said: "We object to the proposed development in principle... the development would put people and property at an unacceptable risk of flooding."
However, it would be willing to discuss ways of lessening the flood risk and could change its view.
While undecided on the application, Arrowsmith Drive resident Sylvia Pearse was concerned it details an access through her road.
"The road is already too narrow for the traffic entering Arrowsmith Drive with cars parked on the road and drivers driving too fast on that stretch," she said.
Long-standing Gloucester Road resident Jon Whittle said flooding has been a problem in the area and was exacerbated when Arrowsmith Drive was built.
"To lose another large area of natural drainage adjacent to the stream underpass will logically only increase this problem further and further increase the flood risk to properties located near the stream, as well as causing more danger and disruption to an already problematic road," he said.
"Converting the existing barns I can see no problem with, but nothing more."