Friday 25 December 2020

A417 flooded at approach to Over


Reports are coming in that the A417 has flooded at Maisemore.

Usual place by the depth markers

Wednesday 23 December 2020

Email alerts

Some email alerts failed to be sent out.  It appears that a setting on the main component of the website got corrupted again.

I have put this right, but can't guarantee it won't happen again.

If you get a message asking you to subscribe to email alerts or comment notifications, please ignore it.  Unfortunately I can't stop these emails going out as they work the same way as the email alerts themselves.

I have suggested to the Parish Council that they consider an alternative website hosting provider which has built in email alerts.

Monday 14 December 2020

Apologies for the break in service recently

Something went wrong with the issuing of emails to subscribers recently but, thanks to Andrew Cooley, that now appears to be fixed. Here are links to the posts you may have missed:

A summary of the appeal decision for the self-build and affordable housing development off Church Road.

BREAKING NEWS - The Appeal has been dismissed

GCC - Ash Dieback Project

Old Road temporary closure - 7-11 December 2020 - a reminder

Draft minutes of November Parish Council meeting

Gigaclear Black Friday deal

Saturday 12 December 2020

Email alerts

The email alerts system now appears to be functioning properly.  You may, however, receive an email asking you to subscribe.  You do not need to take any action on this, as it is an automatically generated email resulting from the re-connection of the subscribers group to the website.  Unfortunately, there was no practical way to avoid that.

Test of email alerts

Recent posts do not seem to have triggered email alerts.  This post is just to check that these alerts are now being generated. 

In case you have missed recent posts, plase check the Maisemore PC website.

Friday 11 December 2020

December OUR NEWS - The national Neighbourhood Watch newsletter


December OUR NEWS
The national Neighbourhood Watch newsletter

Read our newsletter at

As we approach the end of what has been a hugely challenging year with the prospect of restricted Christmas and New Year celebrations, we would like to deeply thank all our supporters and volunteers. The work you and so many others have done has been immensely beneficial to thousands of people and will continue to be of huge value into next year.

With nearly half (44%) of our new members surveyed since March wanting to actively help make their community a better place to live we couldn’t be more delighted this month to announce the winners of the Co-op and Neighbourhood Watch Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 and Young Neighbour of the Year Award 2020. The winners went above and beyond to support others in their community.

In our winner’s words:   

    “I really believe that being a good neighbour is about looking out for each other, and I hope I’ve encouraged people to actively get out and support their community – even virtually”

We have so much to shout about this month from an inspiring listening to communities blog, to our successful bid to the National Lottery Community Covid-19 Fund, and much more. Read our newsletter at to discover more.

Your sincerely,


Tuesday 8 December 2020

A summary of the appeal decision for the self-build and affordable housing development off Church Road.


This summary is for: 


20/00015/DECISI | Outline application for up to 25 dwellings (consisting of 15 self-build and 10 discounted market houses) together with access and associated works such as footpath links to village hall and play area (all matters reserved). | Part Parcel 3538 Church Road Maisemore Gloucester Gloucestershire

... relating to:

18/01202/OUT | Outline application for up to 25 dwellings (consisting of 15 self-build and 10 discounted market houses) together with access and associated works such as footpath links to village hall and play area (all matters reserved). | Part Parcel 3538 Church Road Maisemore Gloucester Gloucestershire

... which was originally refused permission by Tewkesbury BC.

Following the virtual appeal hearing on 10 November 2020, the Planning Inspectorate's decision has been released today. The appeal was dismissed.

The development was considered unacceptable on several main issues - to quote:

"The main issues in this appeal are:
• Whether the appeal site offers a suitable location for the proposed development having regard to the policies of the development plan;
• the effect of the proposal on the landscape character and appearance of the area; and,
• the effect on the significance or special interest of relevant Grade II* listed buildings."

On the first point the inspector noted:

"There is no defined settlement boundary for Maisemore, the existing built-up area of which is most readily defined by the regular concentration of development that either fronts the principal linear route through the village, or the lanes and cul-de-sacs off it."

It was a surprise to hear that the Village Boundary doesn't presently exist since the forthcoming TBC Local Plan hasn't yet been adopted and it seems the previous document has expired taking the boundary along with it!

Nevertheless she continued:

" ... although the appeal site is close to Maisemore’s settlement edge, it lies beyond the built-up area of the village. ... In light of the above, the proposal would not be within the Service Village of Maisemore for the purposes of SP2. The appeal site is not within the village and so would not be infilling within Maisemore, nor would it satisfy any of the criteria JCS Policy SD10 that would otherwise allow dwellings on sites that have not been allocated for development. Rather, the appeal site is situated in the open countryside. The appeal scheme has not been predicated on satisfying any other exceptions"

On the second point the inspector considered the landscape along both sides of the stream and stated:

"Therefore, notwithstanding the relative proximity of land and buildings that are part of Maisemore’s settlement edge, the appeal site assimilates with the character and appearance of the countryside. Furthermore, forming part of a substantial physical and visual break that separates the core of the village from an enclave of historic development at the top of Church Road, the appeal site contributes to a sense of openness and rural isolation that is of value to this grouping of heritage assets, the setting of the village and the LPZ."

On the third point the inspector noted:

"The Church of St Giles and Maisemore Court are both Grade II* listed buildings in recognition of their special architectural or historic interest. In accordance with section 66(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990 (the Act), I have paid special regard to the desirability of preserving these listed buildings, their settings, or any features of special architectural or historic interest they may possess."

... and continued after analysis:

"...the proposal would give rise to a suburban form of development on the appeal site and an associated encroachment of built form within the rural setting of the Grade II* listed Church and Maisemore Court. The permanent change within the setting of the listed buildings would irreversibly dilute the sense of rural isolation that underpins the significance and special interest of both. It follows that the proposed development would fail to preserve the setting of the listed buildings, causing harm to their significance and special interest."

It was acknowledged that there were some public benefits to the scheme and that the appellant had gone some way to mitigating problems, but these were not sufficient to override the main three issues outlined above.

Her concluding statement was:

"The proposed development would cause serious harm to the landscape character and appearance of the area, would fail to preserve the setting of listed buildings causing harm to their significance, and would not be in a suitable location in respect of development plan policies. ... Although I note there is some local support for the proposal and the appellant’s long-standing connection to Maisemore, I do not find there to be other material considerations to justify making a decision other than in accordance with the development plan read as a whole."

The full document should appear soon at TBC's Planning website under the 18/01202/OUT entry. However if you wish to have a copy of the document sooner, please download it from - note this link will expire in 6 days.

BREAKING NEWS - The Appeal has been dismissed

I've just received notification that the Planning Inspectorate has DISMISSED the appeal by Chamberlayne Estates for self-build and affordable housing by the village hall. More detail presently - it's an extensive report...

Thursday 26 November 2020

Old Road temporary closure - 7-11 December 2020 - a reminder

We advised about this some weeks ago but the official notice has now been received:



Gloucestershire County Council has made an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to temporarily close part of U40344 Old Road from its junction with Maisemore Park [sic - see below] to its junction with Hiams Lane for a distance of approximately 120 metres. [sic - this is clearly WRONG!]

The reason for the closure is to allow for installation of a new soil pipe.

The road is expected to be closed from 08:00 on 7th December 2020 until 17:00 on 11th December 2020 only or until the works have been completed. For further information, please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514 or visit

Alternative Route - as signed on site.

Pedestrian access to premises on or next to the road and emergency access will be maintained.

DATED: 26th November 2020

For clarity, the County Council calls the road past The Old School and The Old Vicarage as "Maisemore Park" - this is news to "the locals":




For clarity the closure is at the Apiaries. 

All houses from Springhill southwards will only be able to access their properties from Maisemore. 

All properties north of the Apiaries will only be able to access their properties from Hartpury/ Hiam's Lane

We presume that cyclists will be classified as pedestrians and be able to transit the closed section.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Draft minutes of November Parish Council meeting

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 2nd November are now on this website here

Links to agendas and minutes of previous meetings can be found on the Agendas & Minutes page, accessed from the bar menu above.

Gigaclear Black Friday deal

If you're thinking of taking out Gigaclear Broadband or are coming up for renewal then Gigaclear have an unbeatable deal on Ultrafast 200 at £20pm for 18 months. Details at their website -

(Other Broadband providers are available 😀 )

Wednesday 18 November 2020



Unfortunately it has been decided owing to the prevailing situation that this event will be cancelled - this had been organised and The Grapevine had gone to press before the national lockdown was announced.




Saturday 21 November 2020 at 10.00am

Meet at Maisemore Village Hall to collect your quiz and directions sheet.

Prizes for the top three entries.

For further information ring Rosealeen Lane – 01452 527341

Monday 16 November 2020

Telephone/Broadband connection for houses to the east central area of the main road

I've just been advised that the pole by Elm Cottage is on the verge of collapsing and is going to be replaced. Phone and Internet will thus be down for people still using the wired phone service. No timescale given.

Thursday 12 November 2020

Maisemore needs a new Parish Clerk - could it be you?


Maisemore Parish Council is seeking to appoint a Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer. This is an exciting opportunity in a growing village community.

This is a part-time administrative role for 4 hours per week working generally from home and reporting to the Parish Council, with attendance at meetings every other month at Maisemore Village Hall (usually second Monday evenings), in addition to the Annual Parish Meeting (although meetings are presently being organised remotely on Zoom).

The applicant needs a strong level of personal commitment, professionalism and excellent administrative and communication skills. The applicant needs to be able to work well both on their own, within a team and deal with members of the public.

Expenses would be provided but you would be expected to use your own computer system, albeit storage could be provided in the form of a USB stick or hard disk for file storage. Fluency in Word and Excel is a necessity.

The clerk is responsible for the day to day running of the Parish Council, keeping up to date financial records, attending Parish Council meetings and recording minutes of those meetings, as well as completing relevant actions arising from those minutes. Ideally CILCA qualified although consideration will be given to applicants working towards CILCA qualification.

There will also be the need to deal with issues reported by residents or District/County Councillors. Remuneration is based on NALC recommendations for part-time clerks i.e. LC1 (SCP13- 17) and will be negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience. There is also an element of working from home allowance per month and travel expenses.

To discuss the position informally please contact the Vice-Chairman, Debbie Burgess on 01452 523730.

  • Closing date: Thursday, 31 December 2020

  • Proposed interview date: Interviews will either take place remotely or in Maisemore in January

Applications may be emailed to Debbie at

Monday 9 November 2020

TBC - Financial support for Tewkesbury Borough businesses


image002 Tewkesbury Borough Council

  Press release

  6 November 2020  


Financial support for Tewkesbury Borough businesses

In response to a second national lockdown, the government has amended its Local Restrictions Support Grant to include businesses that have been mandated to close between 5 November and 2 December.


Tewkesbury Borough Council is responsible for administering and delivering the grant and will welcome applications from Monday 9 November on a rolling 28-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply.


Those eligible for grant funding include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.


There are three thresholds that will apply to each application:

·      Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

·       Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

·       Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.


There will be a further grant fund which will provide support to some businesses that are not specifically targeted with this mandatory grant and have been impacted by the lockdown. Currently, the details are still being worked through, including eligibility criteria, but when an update is available, it will be published on

Councillor Rob Bird, leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “As we enter a second national lockdown, we want to ensure that businesses get all the financial support they are entitled to as quickly as possible. If you think your business is eligible for help, please complete the council’s online application form from Monday.


“If you need any further support or guidance, the Tewkesbury Growth Hub team are always on hand to help. They provide free advice on the support announced by the government and will help business owners get some clarity during these uncertain times.”  

The website provides additional information relating to these measures.


Free support and advice is also available through the Tewkesbury Growth Hub on wider support schemes. For more information, email



For media enquiries please contact Communications Officer Lisa Davies 01684 272022

Lisa Davies

Communications Officer

Corporate Services

Tewkesbury Borough Council

01684 272022