As part of Kirkfest Week a wine tasting event was organised in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th June.
The Raffle raised £293 for the Butterwick Children’s Hospital and the team would like to thank everyone who contributed and hope they enjoyed the evening
Another perspective on the over development in prospect for the village.
The Duchy application has not been included as this plot is within what has in recent history been regarded & accepted as the "village envelope" [green] & outline planning permission was obtained for this some years ago.
It is debatable whether the Banks proposal is for 90 or 100 properties so the graphic shows the worst case scenario....
The overall potential effect is for the village size to increase by 80% & this EXCLUDES the SHLAA identifed [purple] plots.
Along with a raft of other issues there is insufficient local & wider Yarm area infrastructure development proposed to support this.... utter madness!
If we include potential development sites [marked "Pending"] as identified in SBC's emerging plan and also in their Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment [SHLAA] published in February 2016 Then this is what we are looking at for the area south of Yarm.
Also a slide with just the village view on what's in prospect.
It should be pointed out that the recent Gladman Screening Opinion application [17/0544/SCO] was not even included in the Feb 2016 SBC document but a year... later it was in their emerging plan.
The madness continues!
Shaun Spiers of The Campaign to Protect Rural England tells it pretty much as it is in this article that gives a first reaction following the speech from Gavin Barwell regarding the latest Housing White Paper proposing much needed/long overdue planning legislation reform.
Well they say March can come in like a lion & go out like a lamb.
One thing for sure is that developers are still hovering like vultures over land south of Yarm with further details of two new potential developments surfacing today.
The first is 18A Braeside, Kirklevington with 11 properties proposed under SBC planning ref. 17/0511/OUT...
"Outline application with some matters reserved (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for a residential development comprising eleven dwellings, including two affordable homes. - Land At 18A Braeside Kirklevington Yarm TS15 9NB
Ref. No: 17/0511/OUT | Received date: Fri 24 Feb 2017 | Status: Pending Consideration | Case Type: Planning Application"
And on the most alarming scale/size to date the firm of Gladman, who are based in Congleton Cheshire, & who tried to develop a significant site in Great Ayton but lost an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, have now re-surfaced in this area with a 495 house proposal west of Morley Carr.
"Screening opinion request for outline development of up to 495 dwellings, and public open space, landscaping and, sustainable drainage systems and vehicular access point from Green Lane. - Land Off Green Lane Worsall Road Kirklevington Yarm
Ref. No: 17/0544/SCO | Received date: Mon 27 Feb 2017 | Status: Pending Consideration | Case Type: Planning Application"
Details of both can be viewed using the above references via:
Stockton Borough Council issued a first draft of their long awaited updated Local Plan [more fully known as the "Regeneration & Environment Local Plan" or RELP] for public consultation on 21st November 2016 & it was open for comment until 20th January 2017.
There were a significant number of responses from existing/potential developers for even more parcels of land to be considered & SBC have now issued an update advising that a second draft will now be produced giving a fur...ther opportunity for comment later this year.
Perhaps it will come as no surprise that further land in Kirklevington has been proposed, this being two separate field plots to the north of Braeside & Springfield Grove.
This can be seen via this link:
Our local MP James Wharton has written this letter recently.
At the Village Hall public meeting before Christmas it was mentioned that the conventional ways of opposing over - development of the village did not appear to be working...& James mentions some of the reasons why....
Ultimately the decision to approve rests with our elected councilors [NOT the salaried officers of SBC] & in the event that an application is turned down by them it could go to an appeal, in which case it would be determined by a Central Government appointed Planning Inspector.
We need to adopt novel & legal tactics in an attempt to inform & influence the councilors that sit on the SBC planning committee.
Publicity in the local print, radio, & TV media would certainly help.
A meeting was held with the operations team leader responsible for the day to day Northumbrian Waste Water collection & treatment activities in Kirklevington at the Sewage Treatment Works situated at the east end of Ash Grove on Friday 20th January.
A summary of the findings of this can be seen via this link:
A Twitter account has been set up with the address "@_kirklevington" with use of the hash tag "#SaveKirklevington".
The aim is to reach a wider & larger audience in support of our cause.
Please tell friends, relatives, & any interested parties about this & if you have a Twitter account or would be prepared to set one up then please follow "@_kirklevington"....
You can view this Twitter page using this link:
It is only in its infancy & will grow over time. The target audience & reach of this Twitter information source/influencing tool should [is intended to & inherently will] be different to that which will arise from similar information being posted on the Facebook page but both will have value to the cause of raising awareness of the over development issues we are facing.
The C2 Property Development Ltd. application to build 10 executive houses on the land west of Knowles Farm [SBC Planning Ref. 16/3146/OUT] only has 10 objections submitted to date.
Appreciate that the Banks & Jomast applications may have been, & still are uppermost in our minds but this one must not be allowed to "slip through the net" unchallenged.
For comparison the Banks application has 121 objections & 0 supporters to date....
Access via Grove Bank & the junction onto Forest Lane is a major concern as is the pedestrian safety of residents & other users along the entire length of Forest Lane.
In their haste to take advantage of recent approval for another 145 houses in the village, Banks mistakenly thought the village was located in Pelton Co. Durham....
They also stated that …. The traffic flows used within this Transport Assessment have been taken from Transport Assessments produced in support of other residential developments in the Kirklevington area (16/1959/OUT and 16/1643/OUT), available via the Council’s online Planning Portal.
I believe if they check as indeed the Council has checked, 16/1643/OUT does not exist!
In addition they also state that… the nearest active bus stop is on Ryedale Close only a ten minute walk from the development.
Ryedale Close is approximately two and a half miles away and even the fittest of residents will struggle to walk or run that in 10 minutes!
A spokesperson for the Kirklevington Action Group (KAG) stated that Banks appear to show a complete contempt not only for residents of the village but indeed SBC Planning Department in their submission of documents which are not only inaccurate but misleading.
Just before Christmas the SBC case officer dealing with the Banks application 16/3035/OUT sent an email to them advising that their Traffic Assessment was inaccurate & furthermore that the simulation model [AISUM] used for these kind of studies was in the process of being "rebased" to take into account all of the new developments south of Yarm approved over the last few years.
Our understanding is that this work has to be done by SBC or their consultants & therefore Banks ca...nnot effectively update their TA until this work has been completed. SBC have indicated that the work to update the AISUM model will not be complete until late February.
Given that Banks must then resubmit their TA using the outputs from the updated model & allowing further time for SBC & public consultation this might mean that the date for the application hearing could be April earliest.
Follow this link to read the full document:
Just to repeat a earlier point about putting in an objection to the Banks application for ~ 90 houses at Knowles Farm/West end of St Martins Way.
An alternative method of submitting an objection is to create an M/S Word [.doc] document and attach it to an email headed:
"Objection Comment to Planning Application Ref. 16/3035/OUT."...
Just type in your name & address in the text space & send to:
This avoids the frustrating pitfall of the direct entry method on the SBC Planning portal that times out....just as you are putting the finishing touches to your objection. It also allows you to include photos by inserting them into your .doc file
Objections can & will be received right up until the actual planning hearing date which is unlikely to be before March 2017.
If you want to see all the documents pertaining to this application including all the objections put in to date  then use this link & put 16/3035/OUT into the search box.
Here is an article in the D&S shows that the Banks proposal has been poorly put together and contains some major inaccuracies. They have used data from another ...village as a basis for their traffic assessment. It is clear that Banks don't have the best interest of people or the village and are another money grabbing developer. They are clearly taking advantage of Stockton Councils desperation to build houses and ineptitude.
I have just been on the Stockton council planning portal regarding the Banks application for 90 homes west of St Martins. To date, there are only 29 comments/objections against this development. We only have until the 5th to object to this. If you haven't already objected to this development, please submit your comments before its too late!! Thanks.
I have wrote to Sbc to complain about the way they are handling this matter and the somewhat underhand tactics they employed in carrying out their own appeal in the application, three weeks have passed so far and no reply so should have one in seven days (28 day response promised) I'll keep you all posted but may I suggest everyone does the same
I got a letter from the council re the appeal to be held sept at central library again. I see that people can attend but not address the committee which seems strange as I'm pretty sure this will favour jomast legal team 👿