All posts by Beverley Thorpe

Response to Mark Roberts, Loxton Developments

On 12 January Mark Roberts, Loxton Developments, posted a message on Tysoe Village Noticeboard Facebook page (12) Tysoe Village Noticeboard | Facebook  Tysoe Parish Council have agreed the following response.

The permission granted for the development on the Meadow Lane site originally included 3 affordable homes as was required under the District Council’s Core Strategy policies. Mr Roberts purchased the site with this permission and re-applied for permission to take out the affordable homes, against the wishes of the PC, and agreed to pay SDC a sum of money under a S.106 agreement, this he has now done. The PC and the then District Council Ward Member for Tysoe negotiated with SDC to have this sum ear-marked for use in Tysoe within three years of it being paid. The money must be used to fund an affordable housing scheme in the village. If it is not used within three years, it will go into SDC’s central pot of S.106 money to be used elsewhere in the District. So, instead of getting the affordable housing that the PC and village wanted we have a sum of money available to part fund a scheme if we can find one that fits the bill. The PC have been in discussion with SDC for about two years now and SDC will not allow the money to be used on a scheme that is put forward as a mixed market/affordable development unless there is significant “additionality” – i.e., the affordable homes are of very high specification or represent significantly more than the minimum required under SDC’s policy. However, SDC would consider the use of the funds in the case of a “community lead” scheme whereby the homes were predominantly affordable rather than market homes.

Mr Roberts refers to an area to the rear of the Meadow Lane site as a possible development site. No offer has ever been made by Mr Roberts to the Parish Council regarding this land. Residents have consistently objected to any development on this site during numerous and lengthy consultations on the Neighbourhood Plan. That site is now part of the Strategic Gap proposed in our Plan and is outside the proposed Built-up Area Boundary and as such is protected from development.

The other monies that Mr Roberts referred to, which he was obliged to pay as part of his development permission, will be utilised by the PC to improve various facilities in the village in due course. It is certainly not unusual for such funds to accompany a development of this sort.

We would rather have had the three affordable homes that were originally granted permission for on the site, but we are where we are and will do all we can to utilise the £500,000 that was paid to SDC in lieu of building the affordable homes. Residents should be aware that the PC has formed a new Affordable Homes sub-committee to pursue all opportunities to introduce much needed affordable homes into the village and we have been working with Cameron Homes on their proposed development scheme off Sandpits Road to ensure that it includes adequate affordable houses for residents or those with a close association with the village.

8th February 2021


Your views on new Health & Wellbeing Hub Requested

South Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership  in partnership with Healthwatch Warwickshire are asking for your views on the services you would like to see at the new Health and Wellbeing Hub on the Ellen Badger site in Shipston.

Services at the  Hub will be for all residents in this area to access and therefore your views as to what should  be provided are important in shaping the service provision.

You can access the survey by one of the methods mentioned on the Survey poster, or if you prefer a paper copy with FREEPOST reply please contact Gill Roache on 01295 680309.

Closing date for responses is 12 February 2021.

Slurry Tankers in Tysoe

We have had several complaints about the tractors that are travelling through Tysoe throughout the night.

The Parish Clerk has spoken to the farmer concerned to understand more. He explained what is happening:

Two drivers, with a tractor and tanker are working 24 hours a day to move pig slurry from the pig farm on the A422 to Epwell. The direct and cheapest route for their journey is through Tysoe.  The slurry must be moved to sandy farmland in Epwell because it cannot be spread in and around Oxhill and Tysoe because of the predominantly clay soil. Spreading slurry onto wet clay soil would likely cause run off into the water table which is illegal.

To keep pace with the production of new slurry and clear the backlog from the year before, we can expect one tractor to be moving through the village twice an hour, 24 hours per day during January – March. This season will be extended if there is heavy rain or snow. The tanker collects the slurry from the pig farm and then returns through Tysoe with a full load.
When entering the village, to be considerate of residents, the tractor speed is restricted to 15 miles/hour and flashing lights are turned off.

When asked if there was an alternate route for the tractor to take, the farmer explained that going via Sunrising Hill adds a further 10miles to each trip and increases the time it takes the tractor to complete a pickup and drop off. The tanker takes 12 journeys (and 12 hours) to remove the slurry created by the pigs in one day. The rest of the trips take away the stored slurry that has built up in the previous year. Any change to the route would extend the time it would take to move the slurry and reduce the farmer’s margins.

The farmer in question has been performing this same job annually for over 10 years. He appreciates and understands the feedback from the village and is happy to engage with residents via the Parish Council.

Subscribe for Garden Waste Service

To receive a garden waste service from 1st April 2021, Stratford District Council have introduced an annual charge of £40 per bin (agreed last year but delayed by a year due to Covid-19). If you do not subscribe to this service your green waste will no longer be removed on a fortnightly basis.
If you decide that you do need your green bin, why not, before subscribing, consider whether you can club together with your neighbours to share a one and therefore share the cost.
SDC are offering an early bird rate of £35 for residents who subscribe before 28th February 2021. Here is the link to subscribe to the service.

Avian Influenza

Do you keep poultry on your land? Are you complying with the Government’s current requirements related to Avian Influenza?
From 14 December 2020 all bird keepers in England (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) have been required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions including keeping their birds indoors except in very specific circumstances. See the posters below for further information.
Government encourage all keepers to register their birds and to keep contact details up to date, so that they can make contact with you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in the area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register. Find out how to register your birds by following the link.

Tysoe Accommodation

Whether you are visiting family or friends or taking yourself off for a staycation, Tysoe is a superb destination and we can offer several accommodation options.

Winchcombe Farm Holidays
Get starry eyed while glamping in this idyllic 5-star retreat, nestling in the fold of a hillside on a private country estate and surrounded by a working farm.

Winchcombe Farm Holidays boasts a handful of luxury holiday homes including the Chicken Shed Lodge (sleeps 5), Bob’s Lodge (sleeps 8), Ben’s Burrow (sleeps 9) and George’s Getaway (sleeps 8) all complete with geodesic domes, a telescope and binoculars for scanning the night sky. After cooking up a storm in the charcoal pizza oven, feed your curiosity gazing at the moon and the endless, twinkling heavens beyond.  You’ll also find Warwickshire’s only tree house holiday home here too (Will’s Tree House), where you can spend a night in the tree tops soaking up the most amazing views in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
T: 01295 680190




Make a Change – Become a Councillor

Written applications are now being received for the vacancy of Councillor to Tysoe Parish Council. Deadline for applications is 01/02/2021 with the intention of our new Councillor being in post for the new financial year.
For most information please go to
Please email your application to or deliver to 6 Middleton Close.