Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Old pump house development plan

AN old pump house could be converted into a home under plans to build 19 new

AN old pump house could be converted into a home under plans to build 19 new properties in Woodcote.

Richard Hazell has applied for planning permission to develop the Old Reservoir site, off Greenmore Hill.

The development would include one-, two- and three-bedroom homes as well as a new access and 50 parking spaces.

Mr Hazell, a director of civil engineering firm Hazell Jefferies in Whitchurch Hill, says the mixture of housing would make it suitable for young families and retired people.

He first approached architectural designer Richard Crane about the development in 2013.

Mr Crane said: “The brief was very open, though specifically Richard wanted a mix of housing suitable for young families and  retirees.”

He said the site was empty and surrounded by residential development and so was suitable for more of the same.

“Early schemes identified the potential for greater density than the current application but these early schemes were rejected by Richard Hazell,” he said.

“Early ideas saw the pump house being converted into two one-bedroom units. However, the practicality of this meant losing existing feature A-frame trusses internally and incongruous elevational treatment and this idea was dropped.

“The existing entrance to the site and the location of the existing pump house had a big influence on the layout.

“The spacing, type and height of the units immediately surrounding the building were designed to be respectful.”

The development would have a “cohesive and consistent feel” and be easily accessible to disabled drivers and people in wheelchairs. The site would also be landscaped.

A geological survey has been commissioned to establish the depth of the underlying aquifer and ensure that the development does not impact on the aquifer or the pathways to the ancient Woodcote ponds.

South Oxfordshire District Council will make a decision by October 22.

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