Saturday, 19 August 2017

Residents oppose plan for new homes

DOZENS of villagers are opposing plans for seven homes in Kingwood.

DOZENS of villagers are opposing plans for seven homes in Kingwood.

Paul Quinney has applied for outline planning permission to develop two acres of land at Kingwood Farm, near the former Borocourt Hospital, off Wyfold Lane, which he owns jointly with Yvonne Howie, from Twickenham.

The site is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Residents claim the proposed access road could not deal with the exra traffic.

Mark Lambert said: “This is agricultural land in a designated AONB and adjacent to Woodland Trust land.



“Wyfold Lane itself is a designated ‘quiet lane’ and is very narrow. The access is on a blind bend and would be very dangerous.

“Traffic conditions are already difficult in this lane and adding another seven dwellings and the associated traffic would cause overload.

“Chiltern Road, which is opposite the proposed site, is a narrow, unadopted road and would doubtless suffer an increase in traffic volume.”

Robert Browne, of Chiltern Road, said: “This development would spoil the outlook from all viewpoints and would be totally out of keeping with its surroundings — farmland and woodland.”

Jane and David Pinder, of Wyfold Lane, said: “The positioning of this development on a hill will make it visible from all directions, in particular at night, and will affect people living in Wyfold Lane, Chiltern Road, Dove Lane, Stevens Lane and all the people in the Wyfold Court area.

“The applicant has tried to justify these seven houses on the basis of the national need for housing, particularly affordable, custom-built housing, the fact that this is a brownfield development and that it will not impact on the environment. There are serious flaws with this approach.”

Tim Jones, from Wyfold, said the additional traffic could be a danger to walkers and cyclists who use Wyfold Lane.

He said: “While I appreciate the need for more housing, I consider the location for this development to be wholly inappropriate.

“The quiet rural lane that this land adjoins is already over-used and poorly maintained. There are numerous blind bends on the lane and additional traffic will further increase the risk of serious accidents occurring.

“There are already insufficient passing places, resulting in numerous vehicles being forced on to the verges, damaging the habitat of wildlife.”

A design and access statement by the applicant’s planning consultants Allen Construction Consultancy says: “We believe that the development will be a welcome addition to the architectural vernacular of the local area.

“The development is seen as a progressive extension to the established Rotherfield Peppard and Sonning Common settlements, which would be readily accessible by foot or cycle, resulting in the need for reduced vehicle trips.

“A small development would also help support South Oxfordshire District Council’s strategy of allowing some development in rural areas.”

Mr Quinney also applied for planning permission last year but withdrew his application after residents raised concerns.



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