Sunday, 15 July 2018

Developer draws up plans for 67 homes on field

PLANS have been drawn up for 67 new homes on farmland on the northern outskirts of Goring.

PLANS have been drawn up for 67 new homes on farmland on the northern outskirts of Goring.

McAdden Homes has asked South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, for pre-application advice on the development which would be behind houses off Springhill Road and Wallingford Road.

The 3.7-hectare site, which is jointly owned by the Hildred and Comley families and is currently used as a horse paddock, is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is one of 15 sites which have been put forward for development under the village’s draft neighbourhood plan.

The document will name the locations where up to 105 new homes should be built by 2027 and will go to a referendum next year.

The volunteer working groups which are putting the plan together are yet to issue a final list of sites.

Unsworth Planning, McAdden’s agent, says the development would comprise a mix of one- and two- bedroom flats and houses with between two and five bedrooms. The main access would be off Wallingford Road but there would also be an entrance for pedestrians and cyclists off Springhill Road.

Unsworth says the homes would go on a low-lying part of the land so would not be visually intrusive.

There would also be public green space with new trees planted on the higher areas.

McAdden says that at this stage it wants to know from the council whether a full assessment of the scheme’s environmental impact is required before a planning application for outline permission is submitted.

It says the development would be a “sensitively conceived and appropriate addition to the village” and would blend in well with neighbouring properties.

The company says: “The proposed development is of a modest size and forms a natural extension to the existing built area of Goring village, with the main part of the site already surrounded on three sides by existing development.

“Although other sites across the village are facing proposals for development, consideration of cumulative effects involving these are not considered applicable as the sites are dispersed.

“The proposal will not lead to significant environmental impacts or an inappropriate urbanising effect.”

Meanwhile, plans for 35 homes on land between Manor Road and Elmcroft, on the opposite side of Goring, are currently the subject of a planning appeal.

This site has also been submitted for inclusion in the neighbourhood plan.

The scheme by Elegant Homes, of Caversham, was rejected by the district council in January amid objections from residents and the parish council, who felt it lacked small, cheaper dwellings.

There are fears that Goring’s housing target could increase by several hundred as the district council has been told its current quotas aren’t high enough.

The parish council and plan group say the village cannot take any more.

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