Nupend Farm, Horsley is under threat

Posted on 09. Jul, 2014 by in Environment & Nature, Featured, Politics & Campaigns

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Pip Heywood writes: PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC. A farm in Gloucestershire is threatened with housing development – a common problem nationwide, due to a loophole in the planning laws.

To view the planning application visit put in Horsley Parish and scroll down to Nupend Farm and the “Mixed residential development”: http://www.stroud.gov.uk/PLO/Default.aspx#s=sectioncontent4

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7 Responses to “Nupend Farm, Horsley is under threat”

  1. Sheila Jolliffe

    06. Aug, 2014

    A very good film about the development of Nupend Farm. My great grandparents came down from Scotland and bought the farm and ran it until Mr Cox bought it. My grandparents lived in The Cottage opposite until the early 1960’s. We as a family have many memories of both properties.
    My sister and I are dismayed at the proposed development which we think is not appropriate for the area.
    We wish you luck in fighting this planning application.

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    • Pip Heywood

      06. Aug, 2014

      Dear Sheila
      Thank you so much for your comment. My wife and I have lived at No 1 The Terrace for 26 years, before that at Binley Farm in the next valley, and we both grew up near Painswick. We have deep roots here and care about this place. There has been a huge protesting response to the application, so we hope the new owners of Nupend Farm will understand that there are human and community elements here which should be recognised.
      Glad to hear of your connections to this place. You may well remember our neighbours of many years in the terrace, Bert Newport and Vi Short, both now sadly passed on.
      Thanks again, Pip.

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  2. Louise Teakle-Wall

    25. Aug, 2014

    I think the development at Nupend Farm is an absolute disgrace and very upsetting. My Grandmother, Violet Short, known as Vi lived along Boscombe Lane and worked on the farm. The farm is very much part of Horsley! I have a lot of great childhood memories at my Grandmother’s where she would take us there. My Nana who sadly passed away in September last year would be horrified. We need to cherish our farms as they are a significant part of any community. Regards Louise Teakle-Wall

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  3. Maylane

    25. Aug, 2014

    The trouble is people have to live somewhere, I wonder where on earth my kids will be able to buy a house, the population is expanding and we need to build to meet the need for housing. We are privileged to live in this area and we may have to face reality that we have to share it. The not in my backyard attitude is just not fair. Houses must be built somewhere.

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  4. Lisa Stevens

    26. Aug, 2014

    Please excuse me should I write a novel, however: My maternal Grandparents, Ernie & Moya Taylor, lived in The Oxleaze opposite the entrance to Boscombe Lane for over 20 years and my childhood there was very precious.My mother & her siblings were friends of John Cox and the surrounding neighbours. I in turn grew up playing in the barns and fields with the next generation of Cox’s, Short’s and Furley’s. I’ve traced my father’s family as residents of Horsley all the way back to 1680, so Horsley is a very special place to me.
    The dwellings of the village have been forever changing. So many were public houses, such as the Yew Tree in Nupend, or the village shops, post office, police station or school masters house, even the school has moved location several times. Horsley housed the county Court House and prison, then the council vehicle depot. There was an outcry when the travellers took over the land of the priory and also when the houses were built in it’s grounds. People complained when Priory Fields was built and then again when Steven’s Way in Downend was constructed. More recently over the new dwellings on the Bell & Castle land.
    I have objected to the proposed housing estate at Nupend Farm as I believe the village lacks the amenities to support a development of its size. The fact the only road in and out of the village is awaiting repair after it’s collapse is reason enough to argue that Horsley cannot cope with any more traffic.
    Losing yet another working farm from our beautiful countryside is heartbreaking. But I also recall the 10 years I spent trying to find a way to move back to my roots and raise my children in the place I call home. The children of the village simply cannot afford to live here when they start families of their own because they are priced out of the market. If the proposed housing estate meant affordable housing for local people then I’d support it. Sadly it’s just another get richer property developer who will build dwellings comparable in price to the existing ancient dwellings and who doesn’t really give a damn about Horsley!
    I do however think that the current residents of Horsley are privileged to live here. We need to find a way to accept the inevitable expansion as the population grows and allow others to share our fortune. Horsley is forever changing but it will always be beautiful.

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  5. R Dunlop

    27. Aug, 2014

    Maylane, yes people do have to live somewhere, but have you ever been to Horsley?? we already have 15 houses being built here, but to create ‘an estate’, when the original farmer, was rejected for one dwelling,(for farm worker) and was refused permission, hence selling. This just screams money making, greedy persons who don’t give a stuff for genuine village life. There are other land owners, rubbing their hands together, waiting for ‘a yes’. Our countryside of outstanding beauty, should remain so, for our children and their children ect ect. Maylane….. I question your question?

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  6. Oliver WJ

    07. Dec, 2014

    Sounds a disgrace but you have to be careful who you sell parcels of land to. Once it becomes fragmented then it is game over. My great great grandfather was William Horsley, a younger brother to Francis/Frank Horsley who lived in the Manor House. It is a small world but I was born at another Nupend by complete coincidence. It too is in a rural location and has been plagued by piecemeal developments.

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