May 2019: Twigworth Speed Enforcement 20 MPH for the Safety of Construction Workers on A38
Starting from the Property known as the Cottage up to the Entrance/Exit to Orchard Park.
Start Date 7th May until 31st October 2019.
April 2019: Notice of Election 23 May for the South West Electoral Region of the European Parliament
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March 2019: Outrage As Nets Appear on Hedges in Gloucestershire
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March 2019: M5 J9-111 Closure and Impact on Twigworth
After 2 nights of no sleep whatsoever for the community at Twigworth, the Parish Council this morning has called Highways England to see why we are now living overnight with the M5 being diverted through our village both north bound and southbound carriageways. The A38 has now turned into the access to the South West within 2 days and should now be known as the M38 Not the A38!!
2 nights of no sleep has been caused as over 150 lorries, articulated heavy good vehicles, cars, vans etc have been using the A38 has access between junction 9 and 11 and using this as a race track. Our stretch of the A38 as you are aware is 40 miles an hour and only but watching these vehicles (as unable to sleep due to the noise) has only showed that they are using the A38 just however they wish.. In one hour last night we experienced over 150 lorries using this diversion route at over 70 mph with no due care or thought to the residents in the area !!!!
As you are aware, the A38 runs straight through the village of Twigworth with the large majority of houses both in Twigworth and Longford facing the road. We made a call to Highways England this morning to find out that these works will be continuing until June on and off and your office have advised Highways England that this is the diversion route to use. Please think again quickly!
We have had no notification of this diversionary route and after 2 nights of affected sleep (and please remember everyone is allowed to sleep peacefully in their own homes), it is extremely difficult to complete a whole days work being so tired. You have shown no duty of care by allowing this to happen without consulting with the communities that stretch this route.
We are awaiting the planned schedule to be emailed over and can we please request AS A MATTER OF URGENCY, that you reconsider the diversion route, FIND AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION and ensure you advise Highways England that at least there is partial access available on the M5 at all times or can we suggest that some of your team are available over night to monitor the speed of these vehicles thundering through our village - Chair Twigworth Parish Council.
March 2019: Traffic order on A38 has been requested by Robert Hitchins Ltd.
20mph speed limit will be put I place from 7 May until 31 October 2019. See link for more details: Traffic Order
February 2019 - Controversial Innsworth and Twigworth applications using out of date flood evidence
Says Councillor Graham Bocking. For more information click on media tab.
February 2019: MISSION AND PASTORAL MEASURE 2011 - St Matthew’s Church, Twigworth
No decision has yet been reached about the future use of the building, and further consultations will be undertaken following a use-seeking period. I enclose a copy of the preliminary draft proposals which the Committee has under discussion, of note
- the parish church of the parish of Twigworth to be closed for regular public worship.
Any requests for a meeting with the Committee’s representatives, could be forwarded to Clare Mouat in writing (CMouat@glosdioc.org.uk) as soon as possible and not later than by 22nd April 2019.
Letter from Clare Mouat
January 2019: Twigworth Parish Council Facebook Page
Twigworth Parish Council has set up a facebook page, please like, share and comment
January 2019: Twigworth Flood Report
2017 Twigworth Flood Report produced by George Sharpley for the Robert Hitchins appeal and the Joint Core Strategy has now been sent to the Environment Agency by the Lead Local Flood Authority. Let’s hope they use it to update the areas flood mapping.
January 2019: Community Alerts
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January 2019: Twigworth Mass Housing Development - Call to action .......
Robert Hitchins team has submitted information onto Tewkesbury Borough Council Website. To view this information click on http://publicaccess.tewkesbury.gov.uk/online-applications and search Twigworth. Submit your comments (letters or email) to the case officer by end of January 2019.
March 2018: Neighbourhood Development Plan
Our Neighbourhood Development plan in entering the second six weeks consultation period. This time it is run by the Planning Policy Office of Tewkesbury Borough Council. It will run from the 9th of March to the 23rd of April 2018.
If you wish to comment on the draft plan, it is important that you do, then the link to the relevant paperwork is:
July 2017:Twigworth Flood Threats by G. Sharpley
The authorities are not up to speed with level of floodrisk in Twigworth.
See the evidence here.
Dec 2017: Nor do the authorities want to know it. The management at Tewkesbury Borough Council have sought to massage the message to voting councillors on the pretext of a 'fresh, independent and impartial flood review'. See their correspondence here.
Nov 2017: A Senior Floods Expert Has His Say on the Problems Facing Twigworth click here
Nov 2017:UPDATE Appeals by Robert Hitchins Limited - extended date now 20 Dec 17
The Secretary of State is expected to reach a decision and will be issued on or before 20 December 2017
Sept 2017:UPDATE Appeals by Robert Hitchins Limited -decision date 7 Dec 17
The Inspector’s report has been sent to the Secretary of State for consideration.
In accordance with Schedule 2 a decision will be issued on or before 7 December 2017
July 2017: Closing Statement for Public Inquiry
July 2017: Gloucestershire Airport Update from CLLR Graham Booking
“If I may explain in a little more detail my reasons for mentioning the airport in our last inTouch leaflet as a possible alternative localtion for housing. I grew up on air bases as my father was in the RAF, so aircraft and aircraft noise doesn’t bother me or cloud my viewpoint.
The three local councils Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester have been tasked with building 35,000 new dwellings and have come up with a combined plan they call the Joint Core Strategy (JCS). In this they currently plan 3,500 dwellings to meet Gloucester City’s need in the greenbelt/flood plain between Churchdown and Gloucester, both sides of Cheltenham Road East (by the fire station and up to John Daniel’s) for 1,100 and off Innsworth Lane for 1,300 more with 995 just north of that. I believe these developments are flooding risks and would clog up Innsworth Lane, Cheltenham Road East and Pirton Lane virtually bringing Churchdown to a standstill.
In my opinion a ‘Garden Village’ with direct access to the A40 is a preferable option (although I would be happier if we didn’t have to do either). This would increase revenue for the local Council’s and the public transport advantages would be huge.
The airport site is big enough to take much of the housing currently proposed at Innsworth, Twigworth and Churchdown. it is afar better location with it being next to the A40 and the main commuter routes. It doesn’t flood. It would not use up green belt agricultural land. It’s location is in a part of the greenbelt now heavily degraded by existing and proposed developments, including on the airport site itself.
I would also like to stress that this article is my opinion and, although supported by some, is not necessarily the view of all Churchdown Conservative councillors or the Conservative Party in Tewkesbury
It is an option I believe people should be aware of and I wanted to gauge public opinion (hence the feedback request). Rest assured that I will continue to fight against these other developments as I too live in Churchdown and wish to protect it from becoming part of Gloucester’s urban sprawl. "
18 July 2017: JCS Inspectors local visit
Planning Inquiry - Can we stop it?
Your support is much needed at planning inquiry into proposals to build upto 4000 houses in Twigworth. The inquiry starts at 9.30am at Tewkesbury Borough Council offices. Twigworth Parish Council will be making representations to why it is not a sustainable site for development.
The remaining dates of the inquiry are as follows:
Wednesday 5 July - much needed support required on this day .....flood risk session - according to applicant Twigworth does not flood please come and take a seat and listen to what gets said. Twigworth Parish Council and resident George Sharpley will be first to speak on Wednesday morning.
Thursday 6 July
Friday 7 July - closing submissions
*** Appeal for Funds to Fight Large-scale Housing and Road Plans***
This message asks for donations asap to help the Parish Councils challenge the housing and road plans proposed for Twigworth and Down Hatherley.
As you may know, the Parish Councils and local residents are challenging the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) proposals for up to 4,000 houses, including up to a third social housing, in Twigworth and Down Hatherley. As well as increased flood risk and building on Green Belt, the proposed development would have dramatic traffic impacts at key junctions and along our narrow rural roads. A major elevated new road would also be developed through the main part of the development. New roads generate their own traffic so this will not create much if any relief, and at least 30 per cent of the new traffic is due to be directed through Down Hatherley anyway.
To have a chance of success we need to deploy professional and legal skills where we could influence the JCS Inspector and the appeal Inquiry in June. We will deploy planning, transport and flood risk professionals and possibly a barrister. We will prioritise these as soon as we know the level of funds available.
There is no guarantee we will be successful but we have a fair chance. Not making our case will mean that development here is inevitable.
We are hoping for donations of anything up to £50, but more if you can afford it.
Please Help Now - if you leave it to others, it is likely that nothing will happen and we will certainly have our lives transformed by a large suburban development, huge social change in the areas, traffic chaos, no open views of the Vale, flood risk for some, and several years of construction traffic.
How to donate:
Cheques should be payable to: Twigworth and Severn Vale Community
Cheques or cash can be dropped into Helen Ford during 9.00 - 17.00 at Orchard Park office
Bank transfers to account number: Natwest Bank Account No : 76461416 Sort Code: 60-09-02
Our individual members are also putting in time to plan and deliver the work. We have already made a detailed submission to the Joint Core Strategy consultation - this is available to read on the respective Parish web sites, linked below.
Please get in touch if you have any queries or would like to offer help, and thanks in advance if you can contribute funds.
Helen Ford (Twigworth) email@example.com & Rick Minter (Down Hatherley) firstname.lastname@example.org
23 May 2017: Tewkesbury Borough Council is suspected of underhand tactics to shoehorn flood-prone village of Twigworth into plans for mass housing – despite warnings from an international expert on flooding – by George Sharpley, former chair of Twigworth Parish Council, click to open document
Twigworth has been shoehorned back into JCS
YOUR VOICE COUNTS...... please submit your comments no later than 10th April 2017 - deadline ceased
You can respond to this consultation using any one of the options presented below:
Respond by making comments on the consultation document
Respond by uploading a response document
27 March 2017: Combined newsletter from the Parish Councils for Down Hatherley, Norton and Twigworth
31 January 2017: TEWKESBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL – Joint Core Strategy Meeting
I had the misfortune to be sitting in the public gallery, and observing our Borough Council at work questioning and debating the amendment to the Joint Core Strategy, JCS.
Basically, although a previous meeting (25 October 2016) had democratically rejected the inclusion of Twigworth in the JCS plan, this amendment proposed to bring Twigworth back into the JCS plan. The amendment was passed with a vote of 19 for and 14 against.
If Twigworth was unsuitable last time, why had it become suitable this time, admittedly with a lower number of homes proposed?
No satisfactory explanation was given as to why the resolution from 25 October had not been complied with. Pro-development councillors argued that the JCS Plan would only be sound with Twigworth in, yet the 25 October resolution had asked for Twigworth to be removed and replaced with allocations from elsewhere to make the Plan sound.
THE Q&A SESSION
The question and answer session went into detail with experts giving their opinion about flood risk and traffic flow with technical documents beyond the comprehension of the average person. The hydrology consultant had been commissioned from a consultancy which advises developers, and was given freedom to critique the advice of the hydrologist advising the Neighbourhood Development Plan who has advised against developing at Twigworth because of the degree of risk. Twigworth Parish Council had asked for this adviser to be present to brief the councillors but this request had been refused.
Three main issues emerged …
1. Flood Risk (see also above and below)
2. Traffic Flow ( all questions on the lack of up to date traffic modelling, costs of the mitigation measures, and the nature and affordability of a new road, bringing a grotesque intrusion in the Severn Vale, were comprehensively fudged by a County Council official).
3. Loss of Green Belt (see also below)
The debate after the Q&A session, largely forgot the three main issues, and descended into a debate about the consequences of not passing the amendment.
The issues were …
1. The site at Ashchurch was no longer going to be released by the MOD for development, so the JCS were desperate for new sites.
2. The allocation at Twigworth was for Gloucester City’s needs not for Tewkesbury Borough’s needs.
3. If the JCS did not meet their quota of sites for housing need, the Council would lose their ‘New Homes Bonus grant’ (a sizeable amount). This dominated many pro-development Councillors’ arguments even though it is not a planning matter and should not influence the actual decision.
4. If the JCS did not finish their plan, the Government could take direct control, and the Council would lose their power.
5. The new houses at Twigworth could not have water run off connected to the sewage network. No practical solution about drainage and long term maintenance was forthcoming. The can was kicked down the road to be decided later in the Planning Application stage.
6. This loss of Green Belt could be appealed, and the JCS would be delayed by a call in, which is precisely what the Councils seek to avoid.
I must applaud the 14 councillors, who stood their ground, and voted against this amendment. Sadly, the rest of Tewkesbury Borough Council were more concerned about revenue, power, and lethargically ending the JCS planning exercise than serving the residents of Twigworth and the commuters on the A38. One issue never raised – the destruction of a village by being engulfed in suburbia, and impacts on downstream communities. It will flood. There will be traffic chaos.
But maybe you will be reassured by the words of Tewkesbury’s monotone planner who kept insisting it’s “deliverable and sustainable”…
Download pdf file of the published minutes of the JCS meeting 31st JANUARY
31 January 2017 - Tewkesbury Borough Council offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury: meeting at 6pm.
Despite the democratic vote on 25 October 2016 to take Twigworth out of the Joint Core Strategy, the councillors have another proposal before them on 995 houses located from Twigworth and engulfing the A38 end of Down Hatherley. To cope with the traffic generation, a new elevated road to the Northern Bypass parallel to the A38 is proposed. The road may have to be slightly elevated, and would be a scar on the Severn Vale. There is even mention that narrow rural roads such as DH Lane will take the strain, accommodating hundreds more vehicle movements when even two vans cannot even pass each other in the lane. Our local councillors have been splendid throughout this saga and will be there again to make the case. A very tight vote is expected, as other councillors are now keen to wrap up the JCS quickly as not to miss the new homes bonus, and Twigworth could be the sacrifice in this.
We hope some of you will be able to attend in the Public Gallery on 31 Jan 2017
The overwhelming topic of concern for local people is the JCS (Joint Core Strategy to be agreed by Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Boroughs & Gloucester City) and which has now been 8 years in the making.
Cllr. Awford referred back to last October 25th when the packed public gallery at Tewkesbury Council witnessed there being enough councillor support for 400 acres of Twigworth to be withdrawn from an allocation of up to 1000 new houses over the next 15 years. Officers were charged to bring back a new housing strategy without the Twigworth allocation. This was the democratic result of local decision-makers yet it appears that no alternative has been prepared. With much of the depot at Ashchurch now likely to be retained by the military, Twigworth could just be allowed back in.
He believed that he spoke for all local people and stressed the following points
** It is crucial Twigworth stays out. It is constant high water-table ground and a vital “green sponge” for north Gloucester area. Otherwise downstream areas will suffer; drainage schemes are only as good as the outflow facilities and the river flow through Gloucester is problematic.
** The Government inspector had not, so far at least, ordered that Twigworth be built over to deliver the housing numbers only that it “should be considered”.
** Gloucester city still has urban, largely ‘brownfield’ capacity and to stress Twigworth’s Green Belt status may be the best chance to keep it untouched.
** It is council members who run councils; borough officers are not the drivers; they were given a mandate to find more sites, not appear to be boxing in those with contrary opinions.
** Over the next two weeks there will be a high-level JCS meeting and also for the TBC. He will address the latter and all the deliberations will receive his very close scrutiny.
** The next full Borough Council meeting -on January 31st- will be one of the utmost importance.
31 August 2016:
REGARDING... TAYLOR-WIMPEY'S APPLICATION...............
100 property housing development behind A38 off Wallsworth & Sandhurst Lanes
This is to spread news of this application as widely as possible --
Application number: 16/00904/OUT
Expiry date for comments is SEPTEMBER 15th
Planning officer. <email@example.com
Send or post in your comments--
"Tewkesbury Borough Council" , Tewkesbury, GL205TT" (01684 295010) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Twigworth PC meeting is next Thursday, Sept 1st. (7pm, Orchard Park office)
(David Bayley, Clerk)
Combined newsletter from the Parish Councils for Down Hatherley, Norton and Twigworth
Neighbourhood Development Plan: The three Parish Councils have been preparing a community-based plan, called a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), for the past 3 years. We will soon have this ready for consultation and will announce dates when the proposals can be explained and discussed in village halls, so we can get feedback and can consider refinements. The NDP aims to protect the area’s rural character, safeguard Green Belt, and ensure traffic is managed. Very modest amounts of new housing are proposed in non-Green Belt areas of Twigworth and Norton. The NDP adds detail to the Tewkesbury Borough Plan, currently being updated. As we finalise the draft NDP a major complication has arisen, as below…
Over 2,000 dwellings proposed for Twigworth and Down Hatherley: The Joint Corse Strategy ( http://www.gct-jcs.org/ ) is an over-arching planning policy, allocating houses across the boroughs of Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester. In recent months the proposals in the JCS have been examined by a government appointed Inspector, to scrutinise the proposals and authorise or adjust the numbers and locations for the proposed housing. Previously no houses were proposed in the Green Belt of Twigworth, but in May 2016 the Inspector made an interim recommendation which added between 750 and 2,300 dwellings to the JCS Plan, in Twigworth and possibly stretching into Down Hatherley along the A 38 axis and as far down as Frog furlong Lane. These would be additional to 1,300 dwellings already confirmed for Innsworth and the ……being built at Longford.
Response of the 3 Parish Councils to the housing proposals: The 3 Parish Councils are greatly concerned that these proposals would transform the area into a swathe of suburbia. There would be great risk of exacerbated flooding, and traffic seizure on major junctions and through our narrow rural roads. If J10 of the M5 is made into an all-ways access in future, the resulting increased A38 traffic levels would add to congestion caused from large numbers of new houses.
Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) has resolved to oppose the proposals. The 3 Parish Councils are supporting our District and County Councillors and TBC staff to challenge the housing plans, showing how the impacts are too severe and cannot be mitigated. The Examination process is complex and we are currently in dispute with the Inspector over the terms by which we can have an input. We are not getting the same access as community representatives elsewhere in the JCS area, and although the proposals are interim ones, and due for consultation, we are challenging what we see as jumping the gun by the JCS Inspector and others, in giving the impression this is a given matter, for example in considering major road linkages, which Highways England is already actively addressing.
Main updates on the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the proposed housing will be paced on local web sites including down-hatherley-village.moonfruit.com
If anyone can offer skills or experience to help our efforts in challenging the proposals, please get in touch: ………..