Off-policy housing estate 'should be approved'

First published in Abingdon

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 50 homes in Southmoor should be approved despite going against local policies, a council report said.

The plans for a field off Faringdon Road should be passed to help meet housing targets, the report said.

The site is not in Vale of White Horse District Council ’s overall plan for new housing estates.

Sixteen people objected to the Pye Homes plans with concerns it will have a “harmful impact on the open character” of the area. There are also fears over road congestion and pressure on local services.

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Parish Council said: “Development would seriously impact on the village environment by making the core of the village significantly more urban.”

But council planning officer David Rothery said not enough homes were being built to satisfy Government planners.

He said: “This outline proposal does not accord with the development plan and has been publicised as a departure.

“However, in the light of the current shortfall in the council’s five-year housing land supply, the proposal should be afforded appropriate weight.”

He said it is “within an existing residential street scene forming part of the village environment” and “provides a defensible boundary to the open countryside”.

The district council’s planning committee will make a decision on Wednesday.

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9:58pm Mon 10 Sep 12

flynn77 says...

How dare they build 50 new homes in a village with transport links to Swindon and Oxford.

Just add them the the Wantage/Grove social experiment, Denchworth Road is being resurfaced (by resurfaced I'm guesing they mean the usual throw a bit of gravel in the potholes) again this week so we can handle all the traffic a few thousand spongers can generate.
How dare they build 50 new homes in a village with transport links to Swindon and Oxford. Just add them the the Wantage/Grove social experiment, Denchworth Road is being resurfaced (by resurfaced I'm guesing they mean the usual throw a bit of gravel in the potholes) again this week so we can handle all the traffic a few thousand spongers can generate. flynn77
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9:13am Tue 11 Sep 12

King Joke says...

Agreed - K/Bagbuize and Southmoor are on a decent bus route whereas Grove Airfield is way off the exsiting 31/X30.

Maybe we could get a bit more s106 money to make the 66 even better! The vehicles are top notch already, maybe a half hourly frequency on Sundays?
Agreed - K/Bagbuize and Southmoor are on a decent bus route whereas Grove Airfield is way off the exsiting 31/X30. Maybe we could get a bit more s106 money to make the 66 even better! The vehicles are top notch already, maybe a half hourly frequency on Sundays? King Joke
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9:49am Tue 11 Sep 12

Diddyman says...

About time other places are being earmarked for housing development instead of just dumping everything on Didcot!!
About time other places are being earmarked for housing development instead of just dumping everything on Didcot!! Diddyman
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9:23am Fri 14 Sep 12

Victor's_friend says...

Could it be that Mr Rothery does not live there and therefore behaves in a NIMBY manner.

Strange that here is quoting a five year planning policy yet in East Challow I think he is quoting another flimsy excuse. Could he be a closet LibDem stooge?
Could it be that Mr Rothery does not live there and therefore behaves in a NIMBY manner. Strange that here is quoting a five year planning policy yet in East Challow I think he is quoting another flimsy excuse. Could he be a closet LibDem stooge? Victor's_friend
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