Friday, 20 July 2018

Developer unveils plans for 270 homes on three fields

ABOUT 270 homes could be built on the edge of Emmer Green.

ABOUT 270 homes could be built on the edge of Emmer Green.

Gladman Developments wants to develop three fields between Peppard Road and Kiln Road, which are in Eye and Dunsden parish.

It intends to apply to South Oxfordshire District Council for outline planning permission later this year.

The company says the development would form a “logical extension” to the north of Emmer Green as there is already housing on its southern and south-western edge.

It wants to build detached, semi-detached and terraced homes, up to 40 per cent of which would be “affordable”.

The development would have areas of public open space, two play areas and a “sustainable drainage basin” designed to attract wildlife as well as retaining an existing public footpath.

The main vehicular access point would be from Peppard Road with a secondary one off Kiln Road.

Gladman Developments says: “Our analysis shows that the existing trees and hedgerows located along both the site boundaries and within the body of the site should be retained and enhanced with new landscaping to assist in assimilating the proposals into the fabric of the settlement and the wider landscape.

“The opportunity exists to provide new footway links to the footpath from the proposed new homes in order to maximise accessibility to the countryside.

“An important consideration that has also informed the design proposals is the existing water main, gas main and the chalk pit located within the southern half of the site.”

The drainage basin would be in the north-west corner of the site and would create an “attractive new landscape feature” and “maximise wildlife value”. The existing hedgerows would be retained or reinforced and the footpath would be overlooked by homes to create a safe route.

Some vegetation would be lost to create an access but this would be replaced elsewhere on the site.

The company identifies South Oxfordshire’s need for housing.

In May the district council announced that it would give its core strategy “significantly less weight” in future after losing two planning appeals over proposed developments in Wallingford and Chinnor.

The council refused permission because the two sites weren’t earmarked for development but both applicants successfully argued that its housebuilding targets were too low and it hadn’t secured enough immediately available land to meet demand over the next five years.

The strategy, which was adopted in 2012 following public consultation, says the district should take 11,487 houses between 2006 and 2027, or 547 a year, in order to meet government targets. Gladman Developments says: “Every council is required by government to boost significantly the supply of housing and to make planning decisions in light of the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

“South Oxfordshire District Council has a demonstrable need for more market and affordable housing and additional deliverable sites are required in order to meet this demand and maintain a five-year housing supply as required by national policy.”

The company has delivered a leaflet about its plans to build homes in the area and is to hold a public exhibition at Highdown School and Sixth Form in Surley Row, Emmer Green, on September 14 from 4pm to 7pm.

Residents wanting to give feedback should write to: Your views, Emmer Green, Gladman House, Alexandria Way, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1LB or email or visit

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