Friday, 25 May 2018

Plans for five homes rejected

PLANS for five houses on a piece of land in Gallowstree Common have been turned down.

PLANS for five houses on a piece of land in Gallowstree Common have been turned down.

Jensen and Bonnie Langford, who live in the village, had applied for outline permission for two three-bedroom and three two-bedroom houses on the land off Horsepond Road.

The 0.2 hectares of land is opposite a property they own.

South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, turned down the application, which 10 people objected to.

Neighbours raised concerns with the development being out of keeping with the area, with insufficient parking and impact on highway safety.

A report by Paula Fox, planning manager for the district council, said: “The application site comprises an area of undeveloped land forming part of a larger agricultural field within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site is part of an undeveloped area of land totalling approximately 0.5ha on the eastern edge of the village.

“The openness of the land along with the surrounding vegetation makes a positive impact on the landscape setting of the settlement.

“The proposed development of the site for five dwellings along with associated access, parking and garden areas would diminish the rural and undeveloped character and appearance of the site and by doing so would adversely affect the landscape setting of the village when approaching from the east as the development would be evident from the public highway.

“The environmental impacts would be more significant due to there being substantial harm caused to the character and appearance of the site and its surroundings and the landscape qualities of the area.

“In my view the adverse environmental impacts of the proposal would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the limited benefits of the proposal.”

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