Housing Development at ‘Maltings 2’

As you know, the field to the south of Paddock Close was designated for housing in the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan and subsequently received outline planning permission for 32 houses. The site was then sold by Carrington Estates to Stonewater Developments which is a social housing provider.

I have been contacted today by RCA Regeneration which is a planning consultancy working for Stonewater. It is their intention to submit an application for the next stage of planning permission under Reserved Matters shortly.

They will be sending the documents to the Clerk and about 70 nearby properties with a request for a response by 28th June as part of a short public consultation. I have told them that the parish council meets on 1st July and it is not practical for us to call an Extraordinary Meeting before then but that we could give our comments by 5th July.

I have invited RCA Regeneration to attend the parish council meeting (perhaps beforehand) and present to the council and interested residents. He was not sure if they would be able to do this (they are based in Droitwich) but would come back to the Clerk.

I asked a few questions:

  • The application will be for 31 houses – apparently the reduction from 32 is to allow refuse collection lorries turning space(!)
  • The open space by Paddock Close (opposite the swale) will be retained as an open space to be maintained by a management company. I explained this was disappointing because it has been ineffective in Paddock Close.
  • The development will be 100% affordable properties.
  • Although not in this stage of the application which is primarily about layout, the design cues and materials will match Paddock Close as required by the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A footway will be constructed up to the gate into Maltings Field so that there will be pedestrian access on a hard ‘pavement’ into Maltings Field and so to South Street from Fox Covert Lane, Paddock Close and the new development. Again this was required in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Residents are of course able to make independent responses to RCA Regeneration (and in due course to MKC Planning where there will be the statutory 28 day consultation period) but would be very welcome to attend the parish council meeting on 1st July. This starts at 7.30pm but, if RCA Regeneration are able to attend, we would offer them a 7pm start so watch the website and FaceBook page for start time.

Philip Ayles
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council
14th June 2019