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Notes from the writer/LibDem parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome

Election Day -73: St John’s Wood Barracks

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I’ve learned that the Eyre Estate’s plans for the Barracks have been knocked back again, albeit this time with a nod that they’ll probably be approved next time round.

At a planning committee meeting last week, there was a mixed response to the already revised plans, which only reduced the density by 6% and are aiming for a modest sustainability rating of 4 (very modest when you consider we’re looking at 2016 – surely no excuse for not being carbon neutral by then).

Some external changes found favour with the committee, but the waste management and car parking proposals certainly didn’t. Neither did proposals to restrict the use of leisure facilities within the development.

Eyre Estate have been told to address these concerns and come back in a month or two . Meanwhile there’s a growing groundswell of discontent among local people, who are asking, why does it have to be this way? Why does the barracks have to close and how come the Eyre Estate are permitted to build 133 new dwellings in a conservation area? Let me know what you think…

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Written by markblackburn

February 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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