New application to build within the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park

Brook Cottage, Lydiard Park application invalidated

16 February 2017

Kevin Fisher of the LPHT sent an email to the SBC development manager on 14th February asking the following:

How has this application been publicised?

  1. Which lampposts have had an application posted and when were they put up?
  2. How many neighbours have been consulted?
  3. Which statutory bodies have been consulted (Historic England? The Gardens Trust?)
  4. Have any adverts been put in local media?
  5. Any other information you can provide to show that this application has received the right publicity would be most welcome.

In the light of a negative response to my requests above, may I ask for the deadline for comments to be extended by one month please?

A reply was received from Andy Brown of SBC on 16 February. It reads:

Dear Kevin, thanks for your email.

I am writing to advise you that after sending out the initial neighbour consultations we have concluded that additional information should have been submitted with the application and as a result we have invalidated the application.

What that means is that once we are satisfied that we have all the information to proceed, we will recommence the consultation process again, as if from scratch.

The public notices had not yet been published in the newspaper (it would have been this Friday) nor have the associated site notices posted. This will take place once the application is considered valid, along with any other consultations and re consultations.

You may have noticed that the application can no longer be viewed online and this is because it is no longer a current submission.

I hope this explains the position and I can advise that we can’t action anything further on this proposal until the application becomes live again.

New application to build within the essential setting of Lydiard Park

15 February 2017

The owner of Brook Cottage (the property on the left as you enter Lydiard from Hay Lane) has put in an application to build four HUGE executive houses. The application can be found by clicking here. Please register your objection when you do.

As with the (withdrawn) Taylor Wimpey application, which saw an unprecedented number of objections from individuals, statutory bodies and experts, this one is yet again within the ‘essential setting’ of Lydiard Park and sits right against the Historic England boundary.

Whilst Taylor Wimpey wanted 48 houses and this is four, the reasons to object are very similar. Lydiard Park is a significant community asset. This application, for what can only be described as huge houses, will harm the historic, rural environment and will be visible from the Dam Wall within the Park and Church Drive. Furthermore, should future owners of the homes choose to remove the hedgerow in order to improve their personal view, it will be visible from many other vantage points around St Mary’s Church and Coach House.

Lydiard Park is a special place. It is our Heritage. Developers are attacking it from so many directions in pursuit of financial gain at the expense of the social value provided by well preserved heritage sites. Should this application be allowed, it will set a precedent for other speculative opportunists. I am sure Taylor Wimpey are watching this very closely and waiting to pounce.