Blockley Parish lies on upland farm and woodland close to the northern extremity of Cotswold District. It forms part of the boundary between the headwaters of the Rivers Thames and Severn. Significant clay deposits lie between the attractive limestone hills; springs form the main source of the several steeply-falling streams which flow through Blockley, Aston Magna and Draycott villages. By contrast, Paxford village, also within the Parish, lies on more open, level ground drained by the Knee Brook, a tributary of the River Stour.
The human and visual characteristics of Blockley Parish are strongly influenced both by its relatively isolated location in the rural North Cotswolds and by the industrial history of Blockley village, its main centre of population. With a population of about 2000 (in the 2001 census) it is one of the largest parishes in England in terms of area, at about 12 sq miles (30 sq km). The entire Parish lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In line with new government regulations, Cotswold District Council will be introducing a 20% increase in planning fees from Wednesday 17 January. Planning applications submitted before 17 January and assessed as being valid by a CDC planner will not be subject to the increase. However, anyone submitting a planning application which is and remains invalid up to 17 January will have to pay the increased fee. For full details of the changes please see our website.
The government regulations will also introduce a new fee of £402 per 0.1 hectare for ‘Permission in Principle’ applications, the ability for authorities to charge for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights (through Article 4 directions or by condition).
Finally, a fee of £96 will be introduced for prior approval applications to permitted development rights that were introduced in April 2015 and April 2017. These include the rights for the installation of solar PV equipment on non-domestic buildings, the erection of click-and-collect facilities within the land area of a shop, the temporary use of buildings or land for film-making purposes, and the provision of temporary school buildings on vacant commercial land for state funded schools.
Press and Media Liaison Officer, Cotswold District Council
Tel: 01285 623120
Release date: 28 December 2017
Recent snow and ice have hampered efforts to collect some waste and recycling collections in line with the revised schedules for the Christmas/New Year period.
The District Council's waste collector Ubico is advising residents to leave waste and recycling at the kerbside until it is picked up. Residents will also be able to leave extra waste provided it is bagged and placed by the side of the refuse bin.
Please call the CDC waste hotline on 01285 623123 if you have any queries.
Unfortunately, due to essential maintenance, the mobile library is unable to visit Blockley on 2nd January 2018. Customers have been informed and items are renewed to 30th January 2018 which is the next visit.