Conserve Churchill is a temporary working group whose aim is to research and establish the consensus view of what constitutes the special character of Churchill. An important point to note is that a Conservation Area Appraisal is not a Neighbourhood Plan.
Following a rapid succession of planning applications for relatively large housing developments in Churchill, it became apparent that there were many ideas as to what was worth conserving within the village, and what was not. Strong opinions were voiced by both locals and visitors who lived as far away as London during the recent consultation periods, and over 150 letters of objection were sent to the Planning Officer. It is clear that feelings are strong.
However, whilst recent experience suggests that large developments might not be well-received by many, the notion that the village is opposed to all development is not thought to be the case. Whilst a Conservation Area Appraisal does not seek to comment on development, it may help to clarify which elements of the village character the locals value the most.
The Conserve Churchill Team have now completed an initial survey of residents and made recommendations to Churchill & Sarsden Parish Council who have agreed to consider our findings. The decision to endorse the Conservation Area Appraisal for Churchill rests with the Parish Council. The survey findings can be found here.