St Martha Parish Council publishes illustration to allay Parking concerns at West Lodge

St Martha Parish Council publishes illustration to allay Parking concerns outside West Lodge

St Martha Parish Council has published this computer simulation of how the bollards it proposes to instal outside West Lodge would stop nuisance parking on the verge.

Computer simulation illustrating bollards on verge to stop nuisance parking

West Lodge – photo showing verge as it is now.

This is a design detail that is part of St Martha Parish Council’s plan to lease West Lodge for low level community and educational use;  this plan will keep West Lodge as part of the Gunpowder Mills site – the alternative is that it is sold off for redevelopment by GBC.

The planning application to allow this to happen also includes the proposal to establish private car parking spaces in the grounds behind West Lodge.  This plan is curently being considered by GBC.  These car parking spaces will be for private use by visitors to West Lodge, and controlled by the Parish Council.  With the building capable of accommodating around 8 adults at any one time, these spaces are considered ample to ensure there is no additional parking on the road.

The Parish Council is not responsible for parking on the Highway;  it is keen, however, to ensure that any proposal it makes associated with the Gunpowder Mills takes into account concerns over inconsiderate parking on the road outside.


West Lodge Planning application explained

St Martha Parish Council is pleased to be able to announce that it has put in an application to the Planning Department of GBC, as part of its bid to save West Lodge from sale and development.  This is following full village consultation events in the Village Hall in 2014 and 2016.

The notification, that the Parish Council has made an application for Change of Use, appears on the green gates by West Lodge on Blacksmith Lane.

West Lodge is currently classified as a dwelling, as it was formerly used to house council workers.  The Parish Council, with support from Chilworth2gether and the Friends of the Gunpowder Mills Group, is now asking for this to be changed, so that it could be used for a variety of low-key community and educational uses.

The aim, if it can be leased by the Parish Council, is to ensure West Lodge has a new purpose and will cover its costs.  This is the first step to secure its future, and make sure it remains intrgral to the Gunpowder Mills site.  The application is currently with the Planning Department of GBC and can be accessed by searching West Lodge.

PS  This application has nothing to do with the company PAYE who are a specialist company currently undertaking work in the Gunpowder Mills.  They are temporarily using West Lodge as a base whilst works are in progress.