New plans for homes and a village hall in Stroud

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Monday 7th May 2018 10:00 am
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The fields off Ramsdean Road in Stroud where the new homes and village hall are proposed

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PLANS for 30 homes and a village hall in Stroud are with the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

The planning application was submitted last month by CALA Homes and Matthew and Tina Louise Atkinson, of Vortal Properties, of East Meon, after earlier plans by the developers to build 26 houses on the site were refused last year.

They were turned down after SDNPA planners said the site was outside the village boundary, the house designs weren’t suitable, and it hadn’t been proven there was a need for the development.

Since then the layout of the proposed mini-estate on fields between Langrish Primary School and the Seven Stars pub on the A272 and alongside Ramsdean Road, has been revisited, and the number of affordable homes increased from eight to 12.

It is being proposed the affordable homes and 18 market-value homes will be built once the fields have been cleared of existing outbuildings.

The entrance to the proposed estate will be off Ramsdean Road, but residents point out the road can be busy, and say the new development could make matters worse.

In an online objection to planners, Tim Pullen, of Stroud, said: “Insufficient attention has been paid to the problem of parking.

“The road is already cluttered with sometimes indiscriminate parking, especially at school drop-off times.”

The developers say that to fund the affordable homes and the new village hall, 18 market-value houses are the minimum needed.

The affordable homes will consist of two one-bedroom flats, five two-bedroom flats / houses, four three-bedroom homes, and one four-bedroom house.

It is proposed the village hall will be built at the A272 end of the estate, and will include a meeting room, toilets, kitchen and storage and will be run by trustees.

It would replace a corrugated iron hall which was erected alongside the A272 at the end of the First World War and demolished in 2010.

A CALA Homes spokesman said: “The provision of a village hall will deliver a long-held aspiration of Stroud Parish Council and the local community.

“Its design was informed by discussions with the parish council and local community.”

The plans are on the SDNPA planning website at: www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications, search for reference SDNP/18/01777/FUL.

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