Sunday, 17 December 2017

Council’s U-turn on 55 homes

PLANS to build 55 homes at the former Jet petrol station in Henley have finally won

PLANS to build 55 homes at the former Jet petrol station in Henley have finally won the town council’s support.

Members of the planning committee have recommended three times that the scheme is refused planning permission but on Tuesday they changed their minds.

Inland Homes bought the site on the corner of Mill Lane and Reading Road in 2013 and submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council in January.

Town councillors objected to the design so the developer revised it to provide more green space.

However, the committee opposed it again because there was no information about the amount of affordable housing.



The site was then taken over by developer McCarthy & Stone, which proposed building 21 affordable dwellings, one less than the number required by planning law.

It said it was not practical to fit 22 such units on the site but offered to pay for an affordable dwelling elsewhere.

Earlier this month the committee again recommended rejection, saying the applicant should stick to the rules.

Members changed their minds after learning that the district council is happy with the proposal.

Committee chairman David Nimmo Smith said there was “no future” in continuing to object.

The site is one of 11 earmarked for housing in the draft Henley and Harpsden joint neighbourhood plan, which is due to go to a referendum next year.



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