Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Developers reveal plans for 27 homes

TWO developers want to build 27 houses on a field on the outskirts of Goring.

TWO developers want to build 27 houses on a field on the outskirts of Goring.

Elegant Homes, of Caversham, and Frenbury Developments are seeking outline permission for the development on a 2.67-hectare field between Manor Road and Elmcroft.

The site is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The new estate would be accessed by a driveway off Manor Road with a pedestrian entrance off Elmcroft. Additional trees would be planted around the site.

David Shaw, agent for the applicants, says the field is disused and has “little economic function”.

He says the scheme would be “low density” as the land could take up to 65 dwellings and the location is “sustainable” as it is within walking and cycling distance of the village centre.

The houses would be two storeys and built in the traditional architecture of the area with red brick and brown tiles.

Mr Shaw says that althought the land is in the AONB it can still be developed as long the design is sympathetic.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s local plan says the field is suitable for housing as long as the trees around the boundary are retained, which the developers have agreed to.

Mr Shaw said: “The low density proposed allows the existing tree cover to be kept and very significant landscape enhancement along Manor Road.

“It also allows for relatively large gardens which would echo the local townscape character in this part of Goring and allow open spaces to be developed within the scheme.”

Some members of the Goring neighbourhood plan group are concerned that the development could be approved before the plan process has been completed.

Henley MP John Howell, who helped to draft neighbourhood plan legislation, is understood to be taking a keen interest in the case.

Goring Parish Council’s planning committee was due to discuss the application on Tuesday.

A report on the meeting will be published in next week’s Henley Standard.

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