Planning applications dominate the council agenda
Planning applications were the focus of the February Town Council meeting once again, with a number of new applications on the agenda.
Shipston High School has put in an application for a new two storey block of classrooms to help the school accommodate the increase in pupils coming to the school. The block would be built in a similar style to the recent extension and will provide much-needed additional teaching space. The proposed building would be constructed within the school site, using some of the existing playing field although there would still be adequate space for a full-sized football pitch in that area. Town Councillors supported the application but have requested that the school looks again at the proposed drainage strategy and works with Shipston Area Flood Action Group to minimise the impact of any development.
There were also two applications for new business units on Tilemans Lane. These were welcomed by councillors as they should lead to more flexible provision for smaller businesses.
However, the town council has strongly objected to proposals to fell trees on the former IMI Norgren site to make way for drainage pipes to be installed. The trees are protected by preservation orders and it would take 30 years for replacement trees to reach a similar height. Councillors have also objected to proposals to change the front elevation of the Assembly Rooms on Church Street, in line with their previous objection to the change of use which would see the property switch from office to residential accommodation.
Looking ahead, Barratt Homes has made clear it continues to have an interest in developing the Shoulderway Lane site. In addition, another company is considering options for developing a sizeable housing site on land north of Tilemans Lane, although no formal proposals have been put forward. Shipston Town Council is actively monitoring these developments and further updates will be shared when known.