Friday, 18 August 2017

New garage and drive to improve road safety

A VILLAGER hopes to improve road safety by building a new garage and relocating his driveway

A VILLAGER hopes to improve road safety by building a new garage and relocating his driveway in Christmas Common.

Richard Wyndham-Smith wants to demolish two “dilapidated” buildings at The Orchard.

There is currently a metal-framed corrugated-clad garage and a timber and corrugated iron roof shed, both of which he says are beyond repair and badly positioned.

The existing access is situated on the apex of a slight bend.

Mr Wyndham-Smith said: “With the lack of control of speed with which vehicles pass through the village, vehicles on the highway tend to cut across the verge, causing problems both when trying to exit The Orchard, not only in vehicles, but also on foot.



“Accordingly, it is proposed to move the access to a safer location away from the apex. It could also enable better visibility as the current access has visibility blocked to the north as a result of a telegraph pole immediately next to the access.”

He said that due to the position of the pole and the current access when the Fox and Hounds pub is busy drivers sometimes park either side or opposite it, making it impossible to use.

The proposed building would be screened from the road by an existing hedge and trees.

It would contain a workshop and garden store on the ground floor, a lockable garage and open-bay parking. The roof space would be used for storage.

Mr Wyndham-Smith added: “The new building has been designed to reflect other similar buildings which have recently been granted planning permission in the area.”

South Oxfordshire District Council is due to make a decision on the application by October 13.



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