A DEVELOPER is going back to the drawing board over its plans to build 200 homes in Abingdon following concerns from residents.

David Wilson Homes already has outline planning permission for a site off Wootton Road but a detailed reserved matters application, outlining design and infrastructure, was withdrawn this month.

Councillor Emily Smith, who represents the area on the county council, said the application had been pulled following 'a number of concerns' raised by both council staff and residents about the layout, highways, open space and design.

These included objections from Long Furlong Medical Centre, which in a submitted comment on behalf of the practice's partners said 'no consideration' had been made by the developer in regard to the potential 500 new patients the site would generate.

Roberta Nichols, from Friends of Abingdon Civic Society, in another comment said that the group recognised the 'urgent need' for housing in Abingdon but was 'very disappointed' with current proposals.

She cited concerns over how close the site was to public amenities like the medical centre and shops, as well as issues with the amount and definition of affordable housing. A new amended application is expected in the coming weeks and will be available to view via whitehorse.gov.uk.