Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Spread new homes, says amenity group

HUNDREDS of people attended a meeting to choose where new homes should be built in Goring.

HUNDREDS of people attended a meeting to choose where new homes should be built in Goring.

Maps showing the 12 sites suitable for possible development were displayed in the village hall during Saturday’s event, which was organised by South Oxfordshire District Council.

A similar consultation meeting was held in July.

Goring has been earmarked for 105 new homes by the district council in order to help meet government targets on house building by 2025.

The total will include the 19 affordable houses and flats currently being built in Icknield Road by housing association Soha.

The other 12 sites include three parcels of land off Wallingford Road, Springfield Road and Icknield Road, a field to the east of Fairfield Road, another south of Reading Road and four along the southern edge of Gatehampton Road.

The final three sites are off Icknield Road and Elvendon Road. The Goring and Streatley Amenity Association opposes all but the last three sites and wants development to be spread evenly across the village.

Treasurer David Boyd said many residents shared this view.

He said: “There was some feedback from the last consultation which showed people would prefer to see new building on several sites rather than just the one.

“They are also not too keen on the big site at Spring Farm (off Wallingford Road) because it is such a long way from the shops, especially for elderly people.

“A lot of people also said there was a need for smaller houses.

“I don’t think we learned anything new from the meeting, which is disappointing.

“There was precious little on the village infrastructure, which was one of my grumbles, and nothing on how the sites were selected.”

A district council spokeswoman said the results of the consultation would be published on the council’s website by next week.

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