Friday, 27 November 2020

Homes wrangle goes on

A DEVELOPER is continuing to pursue his bid to build 177 homes in Benson.

Graeme Dodd has submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council that is identical to one he previously submitted but wasn’t decided upon. A public inquiry is due to be held into the council’s failure to make a decision.

Mr Dodd wants to build 125 houses, 41 retirement flats and 11 retirement bungalows on land north of Littleworth Road, which is owned by his father-in-law Ray Stiles.

In the latest application, architects West Waddy says there has been a change in circumstances since the first application because Benson has abandoned the idea of producing a neighbourhood plan and the Oxfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment has been published.

This does not set housing targets but assesses future need and suggested that between 93,560 and 106,560 additional homes are needed across the county between 2011 and 2031 and that between 725 and 825 a year should be built in South Oxfordshire.

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