Yesterday, Reland hosted an open day so that residents and anyone interested could view and comment on the future plans that Relands parent company Gladedale have for Upper Rissington.
The exhibition in the Reland office was helpful for all those attended. There were murals with some of the ideas that are planned for the site, which gave us a better understanding of what is planned here. Furthermore, the Gladedale and Greenissues representatives were happy to answer any concerns we may have had.
What is very apparent is that virtually everyone present wants to see something happen to the beautiful ex Central Flying School 3-story Officers Mess building before it falls into economic disrepair. Its very saddening to see it vandalised in the last few years. I will upload photographs of it in its current state later, with one of it pictured in 2004. It’s clear that local people (not necessarily from Upper Rissington) must be responsible for most of the destruction.
Other plans for the expanding village is to use as many of the existing quality buildings on site, such as the Sergeants Mess, Station Headquarters and thus preserve them for future generations. However, the industrial side of the Pre-War expansion airfield are planned to be demolished, these are the Military Transport sheds and 4 very large C – hangers, amongst others. These will be replaced with housing and domestic facilities. Nearly 400 houses are planned if the Planning Application is successful, along with a Pub, Shop, Village Hall and possibly a school.
Clearly at this stage we, the residents have a few concerns, but we believe once Outline Planning permission is accepted Gladedale will be receptive to some of the changes we would prefer to see incorporated in any revisions submitted.
A major benefit of the planning being granted for the new build and the existing housing is that Upper Rissington’s water and sewerage systems will be upgraded and connected directly to local supplies.
Fingers crossed that Cotswold District Council are receptive to the Outline Plans.