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Villagers happy with plans for new 55-home estate
2:20pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
RESIDENTS of Steventon say they are happy with plans for 55 new homes in their village but have concerns about traffic.
Housing developer Copperleaf held an exhibition of its plans at the village hall.
The firm wants to build 55 homes on 2.5 hectares of land off Abingdon Road that is owned by the adjacent Old Farm House Bakery.
Copperleaf’s plans also include a new building for the bakery.
Abingdon Road resident Caroline Miller, 67, who would be one of the closest to the proposed estate, said: “Our only concern would be Abingdon Road.
“It can be a pretty dangerous stretch of road coming into the village, so it would be nice to have pavement all along that.”
About 100 village residents turned out on Friday to see the plans and offer feedback.
Copperleaf representatives were joined by planning consultants from Hourigan Connolly, which is helping the developer with the planning application process.
Copperleaf sales director Simon Kimble, said: “The feedback we received has given us a good understanding of local issues and we can now take our proposals forward.”
Hourigan Connolly’s Richard Lomas added: “Villagers were keen to talk about access to the site, and traffic on Abingdon Road is an ongoing issue locally.
“We can look at traffic control measures such as speed bumps, and help residents to see in both directions by putting mirrors at that junction.”
Mr Lomas said that Copperleaf and Hourigan Connolly are hoping to submit a planning application for the development to Vale of White Horse District Council before Easter.