Saturday, 10 November 2018

Alison Fielden & Co: Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

Introduction
We are fortunate in Gloucestershire to live in an attractive part of the country, surrounded by beautiful buildings, but property owners should be aware of the powers that Local Planning Authorities have in relation to historically or aesthetically interesting buildings and locations.

Powers in relation to individual buildings include “Listing” those of special architectural or historic interest. For areas or neighbourhoods which are of special architectural or historic interest, conservation areas can be created.

Listed Buildings
There are currently over 375,000 Listed Buildings in England.

There are three grades of listing:

Grade I relates to those of “exceptional interest” and are relatively rare. Locally these include Cirencester Parish Church, Barnsley Park and Arlington Row Bibury.

Grade II* are “particularly important buildings of more than special interest”. Locally these include Holy Trinity Church, Watermoor and Cirencester Park Mansion.

Grade II is the largest category, (over 90%) and includes many private homes.

Five Criteria are used in Listing:
· Age and rarity
· Aesthetic merits
· National Interest
· Selectivity
· Value

Practical Consequences for owners of Listed Buildings are restrictions on development or alterations. If any alterations are planned then an application must be made to the Local Planning Authority for Listed Building Consent. There is usually no charge. Where relevant, an application for usual Planning Consent must also be made, for which the usual charge applies.

Modifications to Listed Buildings which need Listed Building Consent include any changes outside or inside which will affect the character of the building. This would not normally include repairs, but may do so where repairs involve replacement, depending on what is being replaced and what kind of building it is.

Modifications which are often refused are UPVC windows and conservatories.

As there is no time limit on the Local Planning Authority’s entitlement to enforce (unlike other planning breaches) it is wise to err on the side of caution when considering whether to apply for Listed Building Consent.

Conservation Areas
There are approximately 7,000 Conservation Areas in England. Cirencester town centre is a local Conservation Area.

Before designating Conservation Areas, Local Planning Authorities are encouraged to but do not have to liaise with the public.

Consequences of designation as a Conservation Area include extra controls over:

· Demolition of buildings – Planning Consent is needed for those over 115 cubic metres

· Felling of trees – Notice is required for many trees

· Reduction of the normal “Permitted Development” rules e.g. for dormer windows, cladding, and large extensions

Additionally, an Article 4 Direction may be imposed, which means that the Permitted Development rules are entirely withdrawn and Planning Consent always has to be applied for in respect to development which in other areas would not be required.

Building Regulations Compliance
Separately from Planning Consent and Listed Building Consent, Building Regulations Consent must also be applied for where relevant. There are some exemptions such as full compliance with energy efficiency requirements for older properties but in other cases such as extensions the building will need to be fully compliant with modern standards.

Selling
When selling a Listed Building or one within a Conservation Area, expect enquiries from the buyer in relation to Compliance with the extra Planning rules and Building Regulations regime mentioned above. If there has been non-compliance in the past, the expedient of indemnity insurance may not be available as it would be for other breaches of Planning or Building regulations and it will often be necessary to make specific enquiry with the Insurance Company.

For further information, see the following websites:

www.historicengland.org.uk

www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk

https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/planning-building/historic-buildings-conservation-areas/

Alternatively, please feel free to contact Alison Fielden at Alison Fielden & Co, The Gatehouse, Dollar Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2AN on 01285 653261 or alison@alisonfielden.co.uk.

Country Matters by the Hodge November 18


Gloucester Old Spot Litter
Country Matters

By The Hodge



If you would be happy for a week kill a pig;

if you would be happy for a month take a wife;

but if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden.”



Traditional



I was late on parade this month. I try not to be but occasionally I let our esteemed Editor down and miss the set deadline. Excuses are numerous – well who among us does not have constant pressures on their time? I’m certainly not unique!

But this month I was facing several deadlines, the main one finishing my latest book. Like all the others it is about pigs and an approved draft including illustrations and captions in full layout has to be in America for approval by the end of October. And it’s going to be down to the wire, believe me!

As I said, I’ve written about pigs before, (I try not to overload readers of Cirencester Scene on the subject), but this one was more of a challenge than the others as it is more technical with a lot more science and the research was prodigious. I locked horns with a technical editor based in Australia who kept urging me to use the internet more but much of what appears on that source us unverified and frankly risible in many respects and thus I tended to ignore anything that wasn’t a peer-reviewed scientific paper thereon. The young lady was not impressed but I prevailed.

But now it is nearly complete and my job is done, (unless, of course, our American friends demand revisions), and I will have to wait ten months to get the finished article into my hands. Why so long? After all it only takes nine months to produce a baby!

Well, the reasons are several but one of the main ones is that it is also being translated into German to be published in Germany simultaneously and no, I’m not having to do the translation. My language abilities are few and German defeated me at school with 16 variations of ‘the’ and a habit of parking the verb at the end of the sentence so I’m not the one qualified to do that job. My mischievous side prevailed though and I set the translator a few ‘challenges’ along the way, just to test his or her mettle. For instance, I included an old saying to do with giving young pigs iron in order to avoid anaemia. Nowadays it is by giving liquid iron as an injection or orally but an alternative is to put a turf into the pen which the little pigs will play with and ingest natural iron from the soil. Thus, the saying is: ‘Throw a sod in or throw the sods out.’ Should be interesting…

All being well, I should have no excuses for being late in future although time is rarely something that passes unnoticed. There’s always something to do and not all of it swine-related. But I may perhaps in ten months or so time, be urging you, dear reader, to go for a more unusual Christmas present for Aunt Maud, Cousin Cyril and maybe even closer family members as I’m sure they’d all want a brand new book all about… pigs!
Get some of The Hodges past books here.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Sam and Kelly Keen to Take Over the Golden Farm

The well loved Golden Farm
NEW LANDLORD KEEN TO TAKE OVER THE GOLDEN FARM

Sam and Kelly are Keeping Music Live at the Vaults
by Carlo Vuolo, photos by John Spreadbury

Sam and Kelly Keen

Popular Cirencester couple, Sam and Kelly Keen, will take over The Golden Farm pub from Andy and Manda Brown on the 1st November.

While Kelly concentrates on their two Cricklade Street businesses, The Old CafĂ© and Everlasting Impressions, Sam, who also runs a security company, will become landlord of the pub. The couple are very excited about this new venture although they admit that, whilst it was always a long-term plan, the Browns’ decision back in April to retire from the pub much sooner, took them by surprise. However, after a hectic few months of preparation, the couple are now ready to rise to the new challenge.

Sam and Kelly have some very exciting ideas for The Golden Farm, although to start with they don’t plan any major changes except to have longer opening hours on Sundays giving more opportunity for customers to enjoy Sunday lunch. There will also be food served from Wednesday to Saturday with a keenly priced menu, featuring steaks, curries, basket meals and vegetarian dishes.

Living and working in the heart of the community themselves, and actively supporting many local causes, there can’t be many people in Cirencester that Sam and Kelly don’t know already, and the general consensus is that they’re the perfect people for the job!

A major drive of theirs is to further the theme of ‘Keeping Music Live’ which Andy and Manda so passionately supported when they opened the Hideaway, which was later renamed ‘The Vaults’ beneath Ingleside House over 20 years ago. As Ciren music lovers know, it was reincarnated at the Golden Farm Inn a couple of years ago. It quickly established itself in its new premises with a lot of local support, and even recognition from the business world by scooping ‘The Creatives’ Champion’ trophy at the Cirencester Chamber’s Annual Awards this year! 



The cool local bar is familiar to many a reveller
The Wednesday night ‘Open Mic’ sessions will continue in The Vaults with plans to have live bands performing on Saturdays twice a month. Kelly, who volunteers at the Phoenix Festival and also runs the Phoenix Mini-Festival fund-raiser each year, will be in charge of the events and the bookings. In the not-too-distant future the couple plan to introduce other regular monthly events such as quizzes, bingo, the ever-popular karaoke nights and comedy nights. Ever supportive of local projects, Kelly also plans to let community groups and charities hold raffles at the Farm in aid of good causes. Sam would also like to run two darts teams alongside the very successful skittles teams already based at the pub.

In the longer term, upgrading the children’s play area and erecting a marquee in the extensive garden for parties, including weddings and anniversary celebrations, are also planned. If they can get the necessary licence it may even be possible for couples to have the wedding ceremony itself in The Vaults!

Sam and Kelly’s long term plans include utilising the large upstairs areas, with a conference room for up to twenty people and six bedrooms allowing them to offer bed and breakfast facilities.

After only a few days to settle in and find their feet, the couple will be holding a launch party to celebrate their new venture on Saturday November 10th. Popular local singer Pavo will be performing from 9 pm and a ‘happy hour’ with nibbles, will run from 7 – 9.


Come down to lend your support and wish Sam and Kelly every success in continuing the great work done by Andy and Manda in keeping this genuine local pub alive and rocking.


The Barn Theatre: Hound of the Baskervilles Review

Hound of the Baskervilles Cast


A Comedic Romp over Dartmoor!
Review of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Barn Theatre till 24th November
by Carlo Vuolo




John Nicholson and Steven Canny’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best- known Sherlock Holmes mystery ‘The hound of the Baskervilles’, directed by Joseph O’Malley, opened at The Barn Theatre to great audience acclaim on October 24th.

Just three actors take on multiple roles in this side-splitting mixture of comedy, farce, slapstick and dreadful puns. The main characters, Sherlock Holmes (Herb Cuanalo), Dr Watson (Hywel Dowsell) and Sir Henry Baskerville (Dominic Brewer) provide the backbone of the story, both in character and in conversation with the audience as themselves. Other characters, both incidental and pivotal to the developing plotline, are introduced via quick costume changes which leads to much mirth throughout. Indeed, the characters of Stapleton and his supposed Brazilian wife, Cecile, both played by Herb Cuanalo, provide the most memorable comedy moments, with the former meeting his deserved end when he is swallowed whole by the Dartmoor swamp, complete with realistic 'bog-sucking' effects.

Indeed, all the sound and lighting effects, courtesy of the Barn Theatre’s state-of-the-art technical wizardry, mean that the whole performance moves at such a fast pace that there is barely time to pause for breath as the laughs just keep coming in this comic romp across Dartmoor. Don’t miss the start of the second half, when the cast relive the whole of the first half in a matter of a few minutes, with the inevitable hilarious consequences of mixed-up costumes, props and characters.

This is a far cry from the famous film starring Basil Rathbone. Another triumph for Iwan Lewis and the team at The Barn Theatre, and another show that really should not be missed.

***Be aware that strobe lighting is used from time to time throughout the performance.***

Tickets from www.barntheatretickets.org.uk or call 01285 648255 or boxoffice@barntheatre.org.uk





Get your tickets now!

Friday, 5 October 2018

The Barn Theatre Presents: Hound of the Baskervilles and Just So - The Musical



The Barn Theatre has earned a reputation as the place to go for top-class regional theatre and entertainment, and the upcoming season is no exception!

Following on from the Barn’s acclaimed recent productions The Secret Garden, One Minute and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Here’s what’s coming up next:

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (24th October – 24th November) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover with a talented cast of three actors playing multiple roles.

Those seeing the show on 31st October are invited to celebrate Halloween in style with a post-show HallowTweed Party in partnership with local bespoke tailors Barrington Ayre. There will be Sherlock themed cocktails, an opportunity to meet the cast, and a prize for the best dressed! Entry to the party is included with every ticket booked for 31st October.

JUST SO – THE MUSICAL (5th December – 13th January) Five of Kipling’s Just So Stories are woven together into a wondrous tale of personal courage, individuality and friendship. Set to an eclectic, upbeat score; you’ll be taken on a song-filled journey through the jungle. A perfect show for all the family! With an underlying message that one determined individual can make a real
difference in this world, Just So is a fitting production to round off the Barn Theatre’s second season.

Tickets: Available from £15 + booking fees. Group bookings are available.

Book tickets online at barntheatre.org.uk, or contact box office on 01285 648255. For group deal enquiries contact box office or email boxoffice@barntheatre.org.uk

THE BODY WORKSHOP: Instructor Spotlight - Morven Parfitt

Develop yourself from the inside out with Pilates.

Why did I change careers from Finance to Pilates? It’s something I’m often asked. The simplest answer is, ‘To help people feel good’. You might have a friend who raves about their Pilates class, or have heard how fantastic it is to help with back ache etc, but will have simply have put it to the back of your mind. I admit that I did the same…numerous times! I had been recommended Pilates by fellow runners, riders and mothers, but had always been too busy, and quite happy with my exercise routine to try anything new, thank you very much. 
After a suggestion from a medical professional I began private sessions. Once able to understand the exercises and my body, I moved on from there to group classes and enjoyed the camaraderie that came with regularly attending a welcoming studio. Eventually I became aware that I wasn’t simply improving my physicality, I was improving in all aspects of my life. I was being taught to use my breath to help rein in my emotions. My stress levels fell as tension that had built up in muscles was released through gradual conditioning. My concentration also benefited…you can’t autopilot your way through a Pilates class no matter if it’s your first or fiftieth! 
After experiencing these changes to mind and body, I wanted to learn more, study more and teach more. I wanted to pass on the happiness torch…As Joseph Pilates said, ‘Physical Fitness is the first requisite of Happiness.

To find out more visit our website: www.thebodyworkshop.net or call our dedicated Pilates studios  01285 6554466

Play Bridge in Somerford Keynes: Open Evening 31st October

Get playing locally!

THE ADVANTAGES OF PLAYING BRIDGE

You may have learned to play bridge some time ago, but gave it up when work, finding a partner, raising a family and all of the other priorities of life took precedence and left you no time to play. However, you might remember the twin attractions of this challenging game – it challenges the brain whilst providing an opportunity to socialise.

If you would now like to rekindle your interest in bridge, you will be sure of a warm welcome at
 Somerford Keynes Bridge Club. We play in the Village Hall in Somerford Keynes each Wednesday at 7.00pm for a 7.15 start. There is ample free parking on site. Our aim is to play serious bridge but also to ensure some social time by having a mid-evening break for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

We would love to offer you the opportunity to renew your interest in bridge. So, please come along to an Open Evening on Wednesday 31 October at 7.00 pm in Somerford Keynes Village Hall.  We will explain more about the Club and you will have the opportunity to meet us. Our members are drawn from a wide area, so distance is no object!

If you are interested, please contact the Chairman, Clive Froggatt by phone (01285 860557) or email (thefroggatts@uwclub.net).