Sunday, 20 August 2017

Developer set to receive consent for 241 homes

PLANS for 241 homes in Benson have been recommended for approval in a move that could

PLANS for 241 homes in Benson have been recommended for approval in a move that could throw the village&rsquos neighbourhood plan process into disarray.

Graeme Dodd and architects WestWaddy already have permission to build 159 properties on farmland north of Littleworth Road after winning a planning appeal.

The second phase of their plans for the site is set to be decided by South Oxfordshire District Council&rsquos planning committee on Wednesday.

Benson is in the process of preparing a fast-track neighbourhood plan to give residents their say on what type of housing is needed and where it should be but this could be made useless if planning permission is granted.

The village&rsquos neighbourhood plan team is urging residents to write to the district council. The closing date for comments is today (Friday). It also wants as many people as possible to attend the committee meeting.



WestWaddy says the development would form a “natural extension” to the village and provide convenient access to the village via footpaths and cycleways.

John Ashton, a partner, said it would help the council meet the area&rsquos housing needs.



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