The appeal scheduled for March 2016 has been withdrawn by the developers. The approval of the Stroud District Local Plan in November 2015 now offers considerable protection to Rodborough Fields & Frome Banks. During the build up to the appeal The Planning Inspectorate and Secretary of State highlighted the following key points:
An appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, following the refusal of planning permission for development by SDC in January 2015. The appeal is to be dealt with at a Public Inquiry and we expect the date to be no earlier than March 2016. Should you wish to submit further comments you can do so on the planning portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing the case officer alison.bell@PINS.gsi.gov.uk by 24th September 2015.
Stroud District Council have refused the second outline planning application on Rodborough Fields and Frome Banks. The developers – Lioncourt Homes will have a 6 month period until July 8th 2015 to submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The planning department at SDC cited several local and national planning policies in their refusal. The primary reasons for refusal are the irreparable damage caused to key wildlife sites and rare wildlife habitats. You can download the full decision notice below. Decision-1584868
A case of some good news and not quite so good news for the campaign to save Rodborough Fields and Frome Banks. We received confirmation yesterday from The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol that Lioncourt Homes have withdrawn their appeal against the refusal of permission by Stroud District Council, leading to the cancellation of the inquiry – which was due to have started on November 25th.
Please join us from 10am – 1pm on Saturday 5th April to give the area a spring clean. We will be meeting at the end of Kings Road and Arundel Drive at 10am on Saturday morning. Litter pickers and bin bags are kindly provided by Rodborough Parish Council.
A year on from the start of the process, Rodborough Fields & Frome Banks planning application has been refused by Stroud District Council. The key wildlife site, lowland meadows and wildlife corridors are the key reasons given for protecting these areas.
A group of local residents with the support of Rodborough Parish Council are applying to have the land known as Wallbridge Fields designated with Village Green Status. The Rodborough Fields & Frome Banks Preservation Group are also supporting this application. It is a vital part of preserving the key wildlife sites in this area and an important area of amenity to the residents of Stroud.
Please join us for a Wildlife Evening on Weds 21 August. We will meet beneath the Capel Mill Viaduct at 7pm. Help explore Frome Banks and Roborough Fields for bugs, plants and fungi. A moth trap will be set up from 9 – 9.30pm and continue through til midnight. There will also be a sugar round to attract moths. Meanwhile we will also be looking and listening for bats. Please bring a torch for your return walk home and you may wish to bring some nibbles and drinks. The event is free & everyone welcome.
The Weavers & Workhouse Walk was held on 9th July. We enjoyed a magical summers evening stroll and learned about the radical history of the Stroud Valleys, the mills and the racking fields of Rodborough. We were guided by Stuart Butler and paused for some historic anecdotes – acted by John Bassett.
Please join us for a summers evening stroll and learn about the radical history of the Stroud Valleys, the mills and the racking fields of Rodborough. We will be guided by Stuart Butler and pause for some reflections acted by John Bassett.