Tuesday, 01 December 2020

14 homes to be built at former bus depot

THE first planning application to be put forward under Woodcote's neighbourhood plan has been approved.

THE first planning application to be put forward under Woodcote's neighbourhood plan has been approved.

Millgate Homes has been granted permission to knock down the former Chiltern Queens bus depot in Long Toll and build 14 homes.

It has also been allowed to build 10 homes on the site of the former Star Works in Stoke Row.

The developer bought the Woodcote site in 2000, shortly after the bus operator ceased trading, and has been attempting to redevelop it since 2002.

It will build a terrace of four two-bedroom homes and two with three bedrooms as well as four single-bedroom flats.

These will be sold or leased as "affordable" while a further four three-bedroom semi-detached homes will be sold at the market rate.

The properties will all be built on a triangular plot to the east of Long Toll.

The land was deemed acceptable for 14 homes in Woodcote's neighbourhood plan, which names sites for 76 houses to be built by 2027 and was approved by a village referendum in April last year. Meanwhile, Millgate will build eight five-bedroom detached homes and two with three bedrooms at the Stoke Row site.

There would be no affordable units but the developer says the Woodcote scheme would count towards its allocation for both.

South Oxfordshire District Council's planning committee granted permission on the recommendation of its officers.

Councillor Celia Collett said: "We should congratulate Woodcote â?? one or two of our larger villages could learn from this."

Councillor Margaret Turner called the village's plan a "shining example of neighbourhood planning".

Councillor Jeni Wood added: "This is fantastic and unusual to see. It works for everybody and is a first-class application."

Woodcote parish councillor Geoff Botting, who chaired the neighbourhood plan steering group, said the development was a "win-win".

"We will finally get rid of that eyesore bus depot and get some much-needed affordable housing so people have a chance to get on the ladder," he said.

"This is a huge victory for the neighbourhood plan."

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