Residents' DIY homes plan for 250 properties

Herald Series: Drayton2020 chairman Andrew Bax, left, with vice chairman Tom Shebbeare, centre, and district and county councillor for Drayton Richard Webber Drayton2020 chairman Andrew Bax, left, with vice chairman Tom Shebbeare, centre, and district and county councillor for Drayton Richard Webber

PLANS for a new green, sports fields and sites for 250 homes in a village near Abingdon have been revealed.

A committee of residents in Drayton who spent the last two years creating the Neighbourhood Plan presented their final draft to the village.

The plan also proposes speed humps, new road surfaces and erasing white lines on roads to slow traffic and make the village safer.

Some 269 villagers attended a drop-in at Drayton Village Hall.

Retired university administrator Peter Clare, who has lived in Drayton for 30 years with wife Jenny, said: “The great thing is that the village as a whole is behind it. It makes things a lot better than it would have been with uncontrolled development.”

Created by the 2011 Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans allow residents to decide how their area should develop, and where new homes might go.

If the plan is approved by an inspector and passes a village referendum early next year, anyone submitting a planning application will have to demonstrate they have taken the plan into account.

A Vale of White Horse District Council spokesman said: “It is great to see so much energy and commitment that embraces change and sees it as an opportunity to improve the village.”

Village campaign group Drayton2020 chairman Andrew Bax said: “The response to the plan was positive, but there are concerns about traffic.’’

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7:27am Mon 7 Jul 14

jamiek says...

So what is it ?
So what is it ? jamiek
  • Score: 5

9:20am Mon 7 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

No white lines in the middle of the road is an absolute nightmare if you are ever involved in a bump, as a colleague of mine recently found out.

As there is no formal definition between the sides of the road it immediately becomes a "50:50 fault" by the insurance companies.
No white lines in the middle of the road is an absolute nightmare if you are ever involved in a bump, as a colleague of mine recently found out. As there is no formal definition between the sides of the road it immediately becomes a "50:50 fault" by the insurance companies. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 8

9:35am Mon 7 Jul 14

colbart says...

A ' Do it Yourselves' plan drawn up by residents, to be 'ratified/approved' by local planning. Sceptics would say: picking the best ideas and passing off as their own?. Cost cutting by local councils.
A ' Do it Yourselves' plan drawn up by residents, to be 'ratified/approved' by local planning. Sceptics would say: picking the best ideas and passing off as their own?. Cost cutting by local councils. colbart
  • Score: 6

10:51am Mon 7 Jul 14

BML says...

Who ever wrote "Created by the 2011 Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans allow residents to decide how their area should develop, and where new homes might go." seems to have ignored the fact that the new planning dictat imposed by this Government negates Localism as shown by the number of speculative Planning Applications now let through on the nod.
Who ever wrote "Created by the 2011 Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans allow residents to decide how their area should develop, and where new homes might go." seems to have ignored the fact that the new planning dictat imposed by this Government negates Localism as shown by the number of speculative Planning Applications now let through on the nod. BML
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Danny A says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
No white lines in the middle of the road is an absolute nightmare if you are ever involved in a bump, as a colleague of mine recently found out.

As there is no formal definition between the sides of the road it immediately becomes a "50:50 fault" by the insurance companies.
An incentive not to be in a bump then, which is perhaps the general idea.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: No white lines in the middle of the road is an absolute nightmare if you are ever involved in a bump, as a colleague of mine recently found out. As there is no formal definition between the sides of the road it immediately becomes a "50:50 fault" by the insurance companies.[/p][/quote]An incentive not to be in a bump then, which is perhaps the general idea. Danny A
  • Score: -1

12:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Adrian1 says...

Reference traffic get the on ramp between Steventon and Drayton reopened for north bound traffic. Better still get a round-about put on it to slow incoming vehicles and aid flow out of Drayton wanting to turn right there.
Reference white line removal, don't, if your names on the plan and some-one's to blame for reducing safety...
Housing, I'm sure the residents have a far better handle on the subject than the applications that came in from developers when I was there; "The residents of the village will be grateful to see the back of cow herding twice daily through the village" Yes we were, 30 years before that line was printed in a development document. Did they reference the Doomsday book?
At the end of the day, cheap planning, individual profit, if it's approved by the residents then that's way better than someone based in the ancient reference section of the British library who doesn't get out much, isn't it? The residents have to live there day in day out.
Reference traffic get the on ramp between Steventon and Drayton reopened for north bound traffic. Better still get a round-about put on it to slow incoming vehicles and aid flow out of Drayton wanting to turn right there. Reference white line removal, don't, if your names on the plan and some-one's to blame for reducing safety... Housing, I'm sure the residents have a far better handle on the subject than the applications that came in from developers when I was there; "The residents of the village will be grateful to see the back of cow herding twice daily through the village" Yes we were, 30 years before that line was printed in a development document. Did they reference the Doomsday book? At the end of the day, cheap planning, individual profit, if it's approved by the residents then that's way better than someone based in the ancient reference section of the British library who doesn't get out much, isn't it? The residents have to live there day in day out. Adrian1
  • Score: 0
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