Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Developer submits plans for 82 homes on meadow

A PLANNING application to build 82 homes in Sonning Common has been submitted.

Bewley Homes wants to develop Lea Meadow, a 10-acre site which runs south of the Peppard Road farm towards Hagg Pitts House.

The development would be made up of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, of which 40 per cent would be affordable.

Sixty per cent of the site would be developed, with about 21 homes per hectare, and the remaining land would be left as open space.

About 100 residents attended a public exhibition on the plans at Sonning Common Village Hall on July 24.

Ken Dijksman, of Ken Dijksman Planning, which put forward the plans on behalf of Bewley Homes, said: “The exhibition was very positive. The majority of people who left comments accepted the principle of development in the village and felt that if housing has got to go somewhere then this is one of the best sites.

“One of the most interesting comments asked for more housing at the site, rather than less, so that houses don’t have to go somewhere else.”

Sonning Common has been allocated 138 homes to be built between 2017 and 2027 and Lea Meadow has been shortlisted as a potential site for the village Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Three previous applications to develop the land have been submitted and withdrawn over the last four years.

Richard Scott, owner of the Herb Farm, withdrew his third bid to develop the site in 2012. His two previous outline applications — one for 85 homes and one for 105 — had also been withdrawn.

Mr Dijksman said: “This site has been rumbling on for years because it makes so much sense in planning terms and the timing is right in terms of the local Neighbourhood Development Plan.

“If there are going to be more houses in Sonning Common, this makes sense as a site. If it is developed then it reduces the pressure on other land in Sonning Common.

“The responses from the exhibition were largely positive and we look forward to hearing the responses from the consultation.”

The planning application has been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council, which will carry out a consultation before a decision is made.

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