400+ New Homes at Barons Cross
Herefordshire Council is in the process of deciding a reserved matters planning application for 410 homes at Barons Cross. The site has been zoned for housing for many years and development of the site was agreed in 2005 (application DCN050968/O). This permission covers the transport implications of the development and its impact on road capacity.The current application, application P172135/RM, invites comments on the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the site. The Design and Access statement in the ‘Supporting Documents’ tab is a good place to start.
The Town Council have made a full response after considering the application at two planning meetings, including a request for community facilities. Formal consultation on the scheme closed on July 27th but Herefordshire Council are still prepared to receive responses to the scheme, though late responders will not have the right to speak at committee. If you would like to comment on the reserved matters, please write to the Planning Department at Herefordshire Council or email email@example.com in August.
This application, along with several others at this end of town, brings opportunities. But it also adds further pressure to our already congested streets and air pollution on Bargates. The Town Council and local ward councillors are pushing for a Transport Study for Leominster to examine Leominster's present and future traffic problems and potential ways to solve them. We are keen to address these issues so the town can continue to thrive as it grows.
WANTED: Volunteer Mentors
Children's Charity, Mentor Link, is recruiting Volunteer Mentors from Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire to support young people in schools. Mentor Link are keen to hear from businesses and employees who would be interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor to support a young person and support them to achieve their full potential. The mentors are specially trained to listen to and support young people and aim to improve their engagement in learning. Further details are available here.
Leominster Town Council, in association with Balfour Beatty and Herefordshire Council, have organised a Community Clear-up on Tuesday 8th August, 2-4pm - meeting at the play area next to 170 Ridgemoor Road. Please come and support this community event. Light refreshments will be provided.
Property Marking Event
Just in case you missed our event in May, the Allotment Association - in association with Leominster Town Council and West Mercia Police - will be holding another property marking event at Ginhall Lane Allotments. The date is still to be finalised but will be in September, so please see next month’s Leominster News for more details. Everyone is welcome and tea and cakes will be supplied.
Events for 2018
We are currently compiling this year’s Leominster Events Calendar, so if you have an event planned for Leominster in 2018, then please send details to:
The Town Council is aware of the concerns raised by local residents regarding the poor state of the roads in Leominster and throughout the County. It has discussed the issue with Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty and will continue to try to secure additional investment. Further proposals for the future public realm investment in the town centre are currently being drawn up and should be available in the next six weeks. Funding will be an issue but the Town Council has offered to support any funding bids and carry out consultations locally.
Herefordshire Rural Hub
The latest newsletter from Herefordshire Rural Hub can be downloaded here.
As part of an initiative to draw together the many different organisations in Leominster who are doing fantastic work putting on events, developing projects, and helping to improve and regenerate Leominster, the Town Council agreed to revive the Destination Leominster initiative, in partnership with Grange Court and many other local community groups.
Project outlines and ideas are currently being collated, with the aim of developing a ‘Master Plan’ for Leominster. The Master Plan will hopefully identify local projects, collate them in one place, identify which areas of the parish of Leominster they will focus on and help bring organisations together to work in partnership. If you have any projects that you would like to be included in this initiative, please contact Jaimie Wood, Events & Communications Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Realm Improvements
The Town Council has submitted an initial report to Balfour Beatty and Herefordshire Council regarding proposals to upgrade the public realm (which includes any publicly owned streets, pathways, right of ways, open spaces and public facilities.) As many of you will be well aware, the public realm in the town centre is in dire need of upgrading. Funding is tight, so it is likely that any improvements will be subject to securing significant grant funding.
The Town Council will continue to work with its partners to develop plans, which will be subject to a full public consultation prior to the development of a final scheme.
Shopping in Leominster
A Facebook site called ‘Shopping in Leominster’ has been set up to provide news and information on the fantastic range of shops and businesses that we have in town. Find out more by visiting www.facebook.com/ShoppinginLeominsterHR6/