Thursday, 24 June 2021

Developers 'don't care about us'

DEVELOPERS sizing up land in Benson have been accused of giving “scant consideration” to the likely effect on the village.

The claim was made by Martyn Spence, of the Bensington Society, a conservation group, in an email to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The village is facing the prospect of almost 1,100 new homes being built on surrounding fields under planning applications which have already been approved or are pending.

Mr Spence said the village would be doubled in size and the developers had given “scant consideration to the effect that it will have on congestion, pollution, education and already inadequate foul drainage in parts of the village and so on”.

In addition, no one had addressed the effects of another 3,000 homes that could be built at Chalgrove Airfield.

Mr Spence said this would cause the B4009 to become a “rat-run” to the A4074 for drivers going to Oxford or Reading.

He continued: “St Helen’s Avenue in Benson is already a park and ride for people from outside the village to take advantage of the good bus services to Oxford and Reading and many more will be added to the lines of cars parked either side of the road, making life increasingly difficult and unsafe for residents leaving or entering their properties by car.”

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