The Area Committee met on 19th April and decided in favour of the development at the East End of the Village. In due course, we will publish the exact wording of the decision, and will explore the consequences for our community’s future growth.
It is our intention to do what we can to ensure that the development is efficiently and effectively delivered, to the advantage of our village, its life and its people.
In the meantime, the Parish Council has written to Gordon Castle, the Chair of the Committee, expressing its concerns about key issues, and about the meeting itself.
The permission includes, we believe, as a condition, the granting of a 25 year lease to Lowick Football Club, and the removal of the restriction which forbids building a permanent structure as a club facility.
Part of Our Letter
It was clear to the PC that the decision would go this way, as the Planning Officer could see no objection to the scheme, as the laws and procedures of planning currently stand.
- It has come as a revelation to my fellow councillors that there is no limit to the size of a development, and that the number of houses proposed in Area and County Plans is taken as a minimum, and not a maximum.
- We are also concerned that no consideration can be given to the issue of affordable rented accommodation, when clearly small rural communities are in great need of living space for young people who are just starting out.
- We still are concerned that plots retailing at £70K, which then require a building to be erected at the expense of the purchaser, can be described as within the reach of young families
We sent our objections to the Planning Department, and these were included amongst the 75 documents on the website. We indicated a willingness to attend a Planning Committee meeting, but the meeting was held during the working day and no one was able to attend. We have asked that the Council’s continued objections to the scheme be minuted, in spite of remarks made in the meeting which suggested it had changed its position.