Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Residents oppose plan for new homes in village

RESIDENTS are opposing plans for seven new “custom-built” homes in Peppard.

RESIDENTS are opposing plans for seven new “custom-built” homes in Peppard.

Paul Quinney has applied for outline planning permission to develop a two-acre plot of land near the old Borough Court Hospital site off Wyfold Lane.

Currently the site is unused and classified as grade four, or poor quality, agricultural land.

It is owned by Yvonne Howie, who lives in Twickenham but owns Kingwood Farm in Wyfold Lane.

In 2012 she submitted and then withdrew plans for a three-bedroom home to provide “affordable” accommodation for an agricultural worker.

More than 15 villagers have registered their opposition to the plans with South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority.

Eleanor Connolly, of Dove Lane, said: “The assertion that this is a self- or custom-built development appears to be inaccurate as the proposed development is a commercial build of seven large properties.”

She added that the plans did not include any affordable housing.

David Sell, of Chiltern Road, said: “This is green field development and, if not careful, will set precedence to extend the village beyond its current boundaries.

“I appreciate we need more housing but there are plenty of brownfield opportunities within the current village boundaries. In addition, we are in need of affordable local housing, not more executive homes.”

Trevor Pope, of Stevens Lane, said: “The access from these proposed houses is on to a blind corner of Wyfold Lane, which is a single track lane with no footpath and is used many times a day by walkers, dog walkers and cyclists. Many times while walking our dogs we have had to jump into the hedge, dragging the dogs with us as traffic suddenly appears round that corner.”

Many opponents complained about the likely increase in the traffic — the plans show each house would have a double garage and two other parking spaces.

Michael Thomas said Chiltern Road, where he lives, would become busier as it would be the most direct route to Sonning Common and  Reading.

“This would be wholly unacceptable as this is an unmade road and unadopted so its upkeep is the responsibility of the residents.”

Glenn Porter, of Wyfold Lane, said: “Seven houses is the same number as currently along the entire length of Wyfold Lane up to Chiltern Road, so the number of cars, probably another 14 vehicles, noise pollution and light pollution would be doubled.”

Isobel Brooker, of Dove Lane, said: “There is currently no road access to the development site and it is outwith the village, on a designated quiet lane.

“Development of this site would change the boundary of Peppard and allow urban creep. There would be a considerable increase in traffic and noise and light pollution.”

Peppard Parish Council has recommended the application is refused on the grounds of the impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it not being in character with the area.

It also disputes the developer’s claims that the site is brownfield.

In the application, Allen Construction Consultancy said: “The proposed seven-unit development is of a scale that is approximately 50 per cent of the density commonly targeted by national housebuilders and is sensitive to and informed by its local surroundings.

“The provision of a lower density development with retention and addition of hedgerows and trees helps to soften the view from Wyfold Lane.

“We believe that the development will be a welcome addition to the architectural vernacular of the local area. The development is seen as a progressive extension to the established Rotherfield Peppard and Sonning Common settlements, which would be readily accessible by foot or cycle.”

The district council hopes to make a decision by October 23.

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