Victory Fields amended completion plan?

Below is information showing how Bovis / Linden could potentially leave Victory Fields according to some very concerned residents. They are waiting for a response from the developer to see if their suppositions are correct. The drawing 5109 / LM as far as they understand is not approved, but shows many changes (see list below). For example the the following have been removed from the revised plan, bowling green, cricket pitch, play parks and the trim trails are eliminated, plus no avenue of trees in front of the Officers Mess and so it goes on.

The drawing was presented to a small group of residents when they met the developers on 23 March 2017.

As far as I am concerned Bovis / Linden should not change the plan at the last minute, Victory Fields should be left as per the original design.

S106 Omissions

July 2016 – 5109/LM

A word document outlining the Bovis/Linden 2016 Revised Plan

Below is what we should be getting, according to the original 2013 plans:

  • 3 x Football / Rugby pitches
  • 2 x Tennis Courts
  • Cricket Pitch
  • Bowling Green
  • 21 Allotments
  • 5 x LEAPS
  • Cycle ways
  • 6 miles of Footpaths
  • Maize

Click for: Reference Document!


  • I have also learned today that the embankments being made around the airfield perimeter fence are full of building site debris and old heras fencing by EGM (very little waste is being sent off site). This contravenes Health and Safety regulations.

  • I followed your link on this subject and the 2016 plan you refer to does not appear to be listed on this 2012 application. The Masterplan on last years application for the Mess still shows amenities. Interested to learn where you found this new landscaping plan and I’m sure that all the villagers would be angry if most of the amenity spaces were not implemented.

    • Thanks Claire, since posting the opening statement, I have been sent a picture of the map where the concerns originate from and added to post one.

      Here is a link to the plans that I expected the developers will be following.

  • Heard there is fun and games on Facebook discussing this. A very fascinating topic indeed.

    What is clear is that the developers promised certain facilities, including bowling greens and I would prefer it if these were delivered. I am looking forward to such a game for example as my years increase.

    Furthermore, the third football pitch (on the Barrington Road) is 4-6 feet above the normal ground level and is therefore unworkable. It was completed at this level to hide all the developers waste beneath it.

    • >Heard there is fun and games on Facebook discussing this. A very fascinating topic indeed.

      A template email has been created and what email addresses to send it to, to complain about this new idea the developers have.

  • Hi Stephen

    We will add the documentation for you within the next 24 hours.

  • Everyone

    I am sure we can persuade Bovis and Linden to revert to the original completion plan. Also, would like to thank those involved who are actively lobbying Bovis and Linden on our behalf. Why would anyone want a lesser product than that promised, not me?

  • Email dialogue with MPs office today. Email from Deborah Smith at Cotswold District Planning to Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP pasted below by way of update:
    Dear Mr Clifton-Brown,

    I know that Philippa responded to you yesterday on this issue but I wanted to give you an update on the current position as of late yesterday afternoon.

    I managed to speak with senior representatives of both Bovis Homes and Linden Homes yesterday afternoon and they have advised me that due to the feedback received following the public consultation, they will aim to deliver the public open space and landscaping across the site as originally approved, perhaps with agreed amendments if deemed appropriate. I have agreed with both house building companies that they will submit a revised scheme to the LPA for consideration within the next few weeks and that we will provide feedback on those proposals as a priority.

    We have further agreed that once a scheme has been worked up that broadly accords with the principles set out within the planning permission and a timescale for delivery/completion has been set, that Bovis and Linden will organise a further public consultation exercise that I will attend on behalf of the LPA to address any questions that the local community may have. If appropriate, amendments will be considered following that public consultation. If the proposal broadly accords with the planning permission, no further planning application will be required and Bovis and Linden can implement the agreed public open space and landscaping scheme.

    I will contact all of those residents that have emailed me directly over the last few days and let them know the latest position, which should provide some reassurance to them and I understand that Bovis and Linden intend to update the local community later today.

    Need to keep the pressure up to ensure they stick to what’s been said here, but looks positive.

  • Excellent result and agree need to keep the pressure up. Looks as though many residents have written with their opinion too.

    Apologies for not supplying the templates from Facebook, just like you I don’t use FB and I had hoped the information would have been provided by someone who does use it. Will add to this post if I do acquire the info’.

    • Not at all – i got a relative to join the group, it was no trouble and I was keen to strike while the iron was hot.

      This is the template for our MP, email address is
      Dear Geoffrey

      I am a resident of Upper Rissington in a new Bovis and Linden housing development alongside the existing village.

      When the development was approved, an extensive plan was presented with recreational spaces, fitness areas, play parks and beautifully and ecologically sound landscaping.

      In a recent meeting, a new plan was presented by the developers which has removed a lot of this and amended a lot of what’s left. As I’m sure you’ll understand, this is of great concern to all the residents of the village.

      I would be grateful for your advice and support in how we can oppose this.

      Thanks in advance,

      This is the template for Bovis and Linden. Email addresses for Bovis are and, email addresses for Linden are and

      Dear xxxxxx

      I am emailing you (and you may receive this a number of times from other residents) to express my concern and anger about recent events in our development.

      When the development was approved and when the houses were advertised for sale, an extensive plan for landscaping, fitness activities, play parks and leisure was used as a major selling point. We have now been told that the developers (Bovis and Linden) are proposing a new plan which removes a lot of these elements and amends much of the rest.

      As I’m sure you can understand, this is of extreme concern to us and is not something we will accept. So I am emailing you to firstly register the fact that we oppose this plan and secondly to let you know that we will now begin taking steps to make sure we get what we were promised.


  • Can I ask who ranked these works, with all the comments on FB I am shocked that no-one has bothered to ask ALL residents not just a select few for their views/requirements. I certainly don’t rank a cricket pitch as number 1 when there is a perfectly good one in Gt Rissy

    • Julie, Its not the cricket pitch, its the principal that is being objected to. Check out the document in post 1, much of what was promised when the development was passed, it seems that Linden and Bovis attempting to void doing. Hence the discussion and hopefully rectification of these omissions.

      Finally, its not the residents that should decide. It was decided when the plans were passed that the above should be provided, so take everything you can get and only then streamline if required.

      • Problem having a cricket pitch, is that the actual pitch (not out field) has to be maintained continually and shouldn’t be used for other activities (so I’m told not being a cricket player). What would be great is cricket nets.

        I do understand the principle though, to stop the developers trying to change what was originally agreed, leaving the village with far less than what was on the original plans.

  • Bovis today responded with a letter that they’re sending to everyone who wrote to them. It’s a PDF so copy & paste is difficult but key points are:

    1 – They (Bovis & Linden) engaged with the Parish Council and ‘lead members’ of sports groups in Upper Rissington to review facilities
    2 – They did so due to time between original plans to check whether all facilities were needed
    3 – ‘Some amendments’ were made to accommodate feedback
    4 – They now recognise concerns within the community
    5 – They are reviewing feedback
    6 – They will submit formal proposals to the Cotswold District Council in the new few weeks

    Whilst I don’t dispute the accuracy of what they’re saying it feels like they took advantage of a round of community engagement that was lightweight and sport focussed to cut back on facilities. We gave them an inch and they took a mile.

    I think we need maintain pressure to keep them honest and it will be interesting to see what the proposals contain that go to CDC.

    • I think you have hit the nail on the head Stephen: “We gave them an inch and they took a mile.”

      The sports group feel they have been dumped on 🙁

  • I know the meeting took place. These are the minutes I was asking URPC to supply. Like you Stephen, I believe the comments Bovis and Linden are saying regarding the meeting.

    What I do dispute, is all the deletions, I don’t think even URPC, would have agreed all those.
    Copy of the letter referred to above.

  • This was sent to Martin, one of the Admins on the UR FB page:

    FAO Martin Johnstone

    Dear Martin

    Alan Cook, Regional Technical Director at Bovis Homes, has asked if the following statement can please be posted on the Upper Rissington Facebook page to provide some clarity on ongoing matters.

    Many thanks

    Bovis Homes are aware that the letter delivered yesterday has been misconstrued to a certain extent. For the sake of absolute clarity, the proposals for the delivery of public open spaces which will now be varied in line with the 2013 document were NOT driven by the sports committee or its members. Our liaison with members of the sports committee via the parish council was to provide an understanding of how the delivery of public open spaces would benefit the community.
    We were looking for opportunities to provide facilities above and beyond that originally intended.
    This remains our focus with respect to the development of proposals based on the 2013 document.

  • Communication is always the key which clearly has not always been the case. Bizarre that someone from Bovis should post to UR FB. My guess is that they didn’t and its someone posting a letter on their behalf.

    All that-people want here want is the original Landscape Strategy adhered to and nothing modified as per the 2013 document.

    I am guessing the next step is to make sure ALL of the village, especially those on Victory Fields who pay a maintenance fee get what they expected when they bought their homes.

  • >Bizarre that someone from Bovis should post to UR FB. My guess is that they didn’t and its someone posting a letter on their behalf.

    Correct, it was sent to Martin who posted it. It was in response to the miss information.

  • Nobody has been singled out, except for Bovis who came up with a revised plan following this meeting.

    19th June 2015 – Developer Informal Meeting – Minutes

  • Can I just ask – if the developers’ original landscaping plan was adhered to, is there a forward plan for financing and arranging the ongoing maintenance of all the facilities?

    • Rachel there is a plan. I do not have any details.

      All residents in Victory Fields pay a maintenance charge which should maintain the village.

      • Thanks 🙂 Will be interested to find out how much that will be. Will it be paid to the parish council do you think? And if the facilities are for everyone in the village will everyone pay? Thinking this might be something that will spark debate or cause people to favour fewer facilities and lower fees…

        • Rachel, if you are living on Victory Fields you should be aware the maintenance charge will start at £380 per year and if the worst case happens Bovis will be collecting this charge and it will escalate at well in excess of inflation as per all their other sites! If you are not then do not worry as it will be collected through your council tax so fewer facilities is not something that will be accepted by those on Victory Fields because we have already paid for those amenities when we bought our houses! Complicated and a mess, absolutely!

  • My understanding is that the fee is paid to separate company that will maintain all the abilities that Linden and Bovis are scheduled to install. You will also pay rates.

    There is a group campaigning to ensure that the facilities are delivered as promised as the huge concern is that Bovis and Linden will walk away. The precedence has been set in Moreton-in-Marsh where an estate has waited for 5 years for the roads to be completed and there is no sign of the developer returning. Fortunately, this has been identified at an early stage at Victory Fields.

    I do envisage that the Parish Council may become involved in its management, but I also hope the team expands to 7 councillors and the Clerk may need an assistant to manage this. It is a huge project in that there is no doubt – in fact its a vey large village (fast approaching a town).

    Deborah Smith in 2012 visited Upper Rissington and spoke in the Village hall. Minutes are here and worthy of a read regarding Wellington Road and adoptions: Minutes of URPC Planning Meeting with Deborah smith

  • Do we have any updates on which plan is being adhered to? Are the bunds compliant with Environmental Health?

  • Still awaiting the report to come back from CDC

  • There is a closed session at the CDC on Thursday evening 29th June where CDC are expected to deliver their response to the Bovis revisions to the 2013 S106 legal document and the landscaping . Bovis, earier this year committed to reveal these plans to their clients on Victory Fields in time for the May Day Publlc Holiday. They made this promise in mid April but claimed as they were using the 2013 S106 landscaping plans they could achieve such a quick delivery. This never happened and we learnt at the Parish meeting that CDC only received those amended plans a few days prior. CDC have not responded adequately to any queries since and Bovis have not revealed the new plans for Public consultation. Lets hope they all stick to their commitments?

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