'Looking to the future ..'
Temple Guiting Parish Council is developing a document which provides useful background information for making decisions regarding planning, and for setting the precept and the budget. Called 'Looking to the future', the most recent version is available here.
With six quarries in or close to the Parish, Temple Guiting residents are acutely aware of the extent of local quarrying activity. To address local concerns, Temple Guiting Parish Council has written an outline for a different approach to quarrying in the Cotswold AONB called 'A fresh approach to quarrying' . The document has been discussed with Gloucestershire County Council Planning Officers the AONB (Cotswold Conservation Board) and CPRE (Campaign for the Protectin of Rural England). One of the key suggestions is to create a forum where quarry representatives, local residents, environmental organisations and others can discuss quarrying issues from a holistic viewpoint rather than quarry by quarry. The most up to date version is available here.
The Council has responded strongly to a number of quarrying applications where appropriate and to the draft Minerals Local Plan for Gloucestershire. Responses to individual quarrying planning applications can be seen on the Gloucestershire County Council planning portal. In addition, you can read TGPCs other recent responses to:
- the appeal by Cotswold Hill Quarry against GCC's refusal to allow the removal of all restrictions to vehicle movements and to the amount of material imported to the site here.
- the application by Oathill Quarry to double its output and to manufacture agricultural lime from 'waste' materials here.
- the Gloucestershire Minerals Local Plan is available here.
Planning in general
Temple Guiting Parish Council cannot grant or refuse planning permission but it can offer its opinion, usually in the form of a comment, on the online planning applications register provided by Cotswold District Council. All comments are visible to the public (under the 'Documents' tab) and are considered by the planning authority, which makes planning decisions and defines planning policy.
The Temple Guiting Parish Council Planning Committee is comprised of all members of the Parish Council, and Planning Committee meetings report into the next Parish Council meeting after the Planning Committee meets. Planning Committee meetings are called when a quorum (three) of the Parish Council believes there is a need for a Planning Meeting. This is most likely to be due to the deadline for comments to be submitted to CDC falling before the next Parish Council Meeting.