Developers hoping for Summer start on Willow Way
In a recent joint press release,David Wilson Homes and Miller
Homes have announced that they are looking to start work on
the Willow Way site in a matter of months, if planning permission
is granted by Charnwood Borough Council.The first properties
will be ready for occupation by the end of the year.
issues which have delayed progress appear to have been resolved
and the move is now to the detailed planning permission stage.Comments
from residents were gathered this time last year at the Parish
Council office and the developers' statement maintains that
planning permissions have been drawn up, taking into account
these views.They now intend to hold a further consultation,
probably in April once they have formally lodged these applications.
COMMUNITY BENEFITS PROMISED
The press release goes on to say: 'It is envisaged that the
development will commence from both ends of the site and that
the road connecting Willow Way and Cotes Road will be open
to traffic early in the development. The proposals will also
provide a number of community benefits including much needed
affordable housing, major new public open space, improvements
to public transport and health facilities and a major contribution
towards improving local schools.'
You will be able to see what this means in reality by visiting
the Parish Office to view the detailed plans and question
a representative of David Wilson Homes.This is an opportunity
to see how issues raised last year have been addressed and
what impact there will be on the existing village facilities
and its traffic.Will the 'benefits' make a real difference
to our community?
Ian Althorpe, Planning Director for David Wilson Homes -
East Midlands said:"The Barrow development will be a prestigious
flagship site for the Company which will showcase the Company's
latest house types." It will be interesting to see if these
'house types' which sound very much like the latest fashion
in new build housing owe anything to guidance in the 'Village
Design Statement' about local distinctiveness.
Robert Hepwood, Planning and Technical Director for Miller
Homes - East Midlands said:" The Company was looking forward
to developing in Barrow and is committed to providing a high
quality residential development".
Watch out for posters and news in the local press for dates
and times when the developers will be at the Parish Office.
Don't miss out on making your views known.
Millennium Sundial and Park Update
Sundial - The last part of the Sundial Project
is now in place.The Information Display explaining everything
about the Sundial and how time is calculated throughout the
year has been provided by the Community Association.
Trees - All of the trees that did not survive
the drought of 2003 have been replaced by the Millennium Group
Wild Flowers - The Millennium Group have
planted another 1000 native bluebells, 1000 native daffodils
as well as snowdrops, primroses, cowslips, cuckoo flowers,
wood anemones, red campion and field scabious.
You should be able to see these this year but it will take
a few years for the flowers to become properly established.
Planting of wild flowers will be an on going project for the
.and a personal comment from Val Gillings
We owe a great deal of thanks to the dedicated team, which
is working to make our new park a truly lovely spot.Mike Morley
and two stalwart helpers have dug out all of the dead trees,
and Mike and five helpers planted thirty new saplings.These
are more mature than the first ones and will have the benefit
of spring to help them get established before the Summer comes.
The high position of the park gives not only excellent views
over the village, but also the surrounding countryside.A lot
of time and effort has been spent planting the wild flowers,
again by willing volunteers and personally I can't wait to
see them flowering .
Whilst the trees were being planted, nine dog walkers used
the park for exercise. Of these nine, seven carried poop-a-scoop
bags.This is very encouraging.To those seven - thank you for
being responsible dog owners; to the other two, please join
the caring brigade and keep our new park clean and tidy and
a very pleasant place to visit.
Time to Celebrate - nearly 100 issues!
Those of you who are particularly observant may have noticed
that this spring edition is actually Issue number 99.With
four issues being printed a year, it doesn't take a mathematical
genius to work out that this spans 25 years.However the numbering
started when the format of the magazine changed to this size
and prior to this Barrow Voice was around in a variety of
However in the forthcoming summer edition we shall be celebrating
with a special 100th edition (and maybe a party for this hard
working team!) Watch out for something exciting coming your
way in June