Monday, 30 November 2020

Developer to submit plan for 170 homes

PLANS are to be submitted for up to 170 new homes at Highlands Farm in Henley.

PLANS are to be submitted for up to 170 new homes at Highlands Farm in Henley.

Developer Crest Nicholson says it will seek planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council by the end of the year.

It intends to submit a “hybrid“ application with detailed plans for 61 houses, of which 34 would be classed as “affordable“.

At the same time it will request outline permission for up to 109 additional units which would be built in a second phase.

The site off Greys Road, currently a light industrial estate, is earmarked for development in the draft joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

This says it could initially take 140 houses but could accommodate another 30 if plans to develop a playing field at Gillotts School fail.

Access would be via the existing driveway and the first phase would be built near the foot of this.

The second phase would extend further into an adjacent field to the south and would include playing fields and a community centre.

There would also be offices which Crest describes as start-up business units for small enterprises.

The developer says it would build traffic-calming chicanes on Gillotts Lane. There would also be a pedestrian entrance to the east of the site off Greys Road.

The remains of a Palaeolithic settlement are buried under part of the land and Crest says this would be “entirely protected“.

It has promised to write a conservation management plan and says surveys have been conducted showing no remains would be damaged.

A Crest spokesman said the proposal was “a strong opportunity to enhance the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty“.

He said the “landscape-led masterplan“ included “locally-appropriate“ planting to protect and improve views of the area.

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