Thursday, 14 December 2017

New threat to trees

THE developer of a social housing block in Goring has applied for some of the planning conditions to be removed.

THE developer of a social housing block in Goring has applied for some of the planning conditions to be removed.

Housing association Soha was granted permission to demolish 27 properties in Icknield Place and replace them with a three-storey building with 40 care homes for the elderly, despite opposition from residents.

Now it wants conditions relating to tree protection, samples of the external materials, landscaping, external lighting, surface water drainage, foul water drainage and waste collection to be removed.

If approved, this could allow existing trees to be cut down and external lights would not need to be directed downwards and could be switched on outside hours of the condition.

A forestry officer from South Oxfordshire District Council said: “The plans list the tree species to be planted but don’t indicate which tree species are being planted where some of the planting is shown very close to proposed soakaway drainage pits and runs.

“Therefore a revised planting pit design will be needed to prevent future problems.”

Goring Parish Council had recommended refusal of the plans, which were the second to be submitted after the original set were withdrawn due to public opposition.

More than 40 people attended a meeting of the district council’s planning committee to voice their opposition. Many residents complained about the size of the building and the resulting loss of privacy.

Peter Wardle, of Elvendon Road, accused the committee of failing to consider whether there was demand for the housing.

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