Sunday, 17 December 2017

Councillors oppose sixth plan for Lea Meadow

COUNCILLORS have opposed a sixth application to build homes on Lea Meadow in Sonning Common.

COUNCILLORS have opposed a sixth application to build homes on Lea Meadow in Sonning Common.

The planning committee of Sonning Common Parish Council says Bewley Homes is trying to pre-empt the village’s neighbourhood plan with proposals for 65 homes.

Councillors believe there should be only 60 homes on the site, as stated in the plan.

They also believe that the proposed housing mix does not fit the needs of the village and there should be fewer larger properties and more smaller ones, helping some people to downsize and others to get on to the property  ladder.

A previous application for 65 homes made by Bewley Homes was rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council in December but the company has appealed and is awaiting the outcome.



The council also says that security issues relating to a pedestrian and cycleway on the southern side of the site have not been addressed.

Police crime prevention design adviser Amanda Oak expressed concern about the previous application, saying the design of the estate would encourage crime and antisocial behaviour.

Objector Peter Lewis, of Peppard Road, claimed the developer was trying to “aggravate and antagonise” with the latest application.

Helen Coyne, of Westleigh Drive, said the company should use the best “secure by design” measures should the application be approved.



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