Saturday, 21 July 2018

Permission refused for 25-home development

PLANS to build 25 new homes in Charvil have been refused.

PLANS to build 25 new homes in Charvil have been refused.

Hicks Development Woodley wanted to build opposite the new primary school site on a field east of the Hawthorns and west of Park Lane, which is currently used for grazing.

The developer applied to build six three-bedroom houses, 12 four-bedroom houses and seven five-bedroom houses plus allotments and large private gardens.

There were 26 letters of objection from residents and Charvil Parish Council recommended the plans were rejected.

The borough council’s decision notice said: “The proposed development is located outside of settlement limits and is unacceptable in principle. The site is not identified as an allocated housing site.

“The introduction of significant built form and loss of existing landscaping would make the countryside appear substantially more urbanised and unacceptably erode its rural verdant character.

“The proposal fails to make satisfactory provision of adequate services, amenities and infrastructure needs and consequently would have an adverse impact upon the amenities of the area.

“The proposal fails to make adequate provision for affordable housing either on site or through an off-site financial contribution.”

Paul Gregory, chairman of Charvil Village Society, said: “This is an area that we have defended for 20 years. It is the only green space between Charvil and Woodley.

“Plans have been proposed and defeated many times over the years. This is the first time that an application for a lower number of houses has been put in but it is difficult to know what the long-term future is.”

Charvil council chairwoman Alice Wilkinson said: “This land was not included in the council’s proposed management development delivery plan.

“We continue to oppose development on the basis that it is outside our settlement boundary. This time it is 25 houses but there would be nothing to stop them developing the land further.”

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