Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
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New Village Next Door?

(Story updated to Dec 2017) A consultation was held on 17th January 2015 in the village Hall on proposals to build a new village at the Cotswold Community site (Ashtonfield Farm on the above map dated about 1898).  These proposals differ from those originally presented. W&GS for 1st August 2013 reported that a developer has bought the Cotswold Community site along the Spine Road towards Ashton Keynes and wants to both dig for gravel and build 180 houses as well as refurbish the existing houses. Your Parish Council are keeping an eye on this, not least because we are still hoping for the missing link in the cycle path through this site. The site is in Ashton Keynes parish in Wiltshire. The company called Amita Business, registered in the British Virgin Islands, already has permission for most of the existing buildings to be used as individual dwellings, granted last April with little consultation. Its UK “office” is an accommodation address. Members of the Parish Council joined Ashton Keynes PC for a presentation by this company in late September 2013, when it was revealed that they may seek to build about 300 houses, and have since attended further presentations. March 2016 A planning application has now been made to Wiltshire for rebuilding/updating the existing dwellings (some are listed) and adding 48 new houses. A separate application has been made to gravel the two fields between the community and the Country Park - Wiltshire wants its gravel money! The field on the east side is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and thus cannot be built on. No decision is available. No further news at December 2017.

Lower Mill Estate changes. 

A new access road into the Estate has been constructed off Lower Mill Lane, part of the Thames Path National Trail.It has now been brought into use (Feb 2016) Lower Mill have a number of planning permissions not yet started, and a number of new ones in the pipeline. Lake 63, across Minety Road from the site, and across from Neigh Bridge Park, has permission for a restaurant and office/sales suite.  A planning application for an access to the main site on Minety Road some 200yards down has been made. The same a