Sunday, 19 September 2021

10 homes approved despite opposition

PLANS for 10 new homes on land provisionally earmarked for housing under Goring’s neighbourhood plan have been approved despite the parish council objecting.

Elegant Homes, of Caversham, has been granted outline permission to develop a field behind Cleeve Cottages, next to the village fire station in Icknield Road.

It originally sought to build 11 properties but reduced this following discussions with South Oxfordshire District Council planning officers.

Four of the units will be “affordable” with prices fixed below the market rate, which meets the council’s minimum quota of 40 per cent on new developments.

The plot is among four sites named as suitable for development under the draft neighbourhood plan, which will state where 86 new houses should go to meet government targets by 2027.

According to the volunteer steering group which is writing the plan, the 0.63-hectare field could take up to 10 homes.

The parish council opposed Elegant’s application as it said the plan should be published before any decisions were taken. It also said the type of housing proposed was too large. Neighbours objected on the same grounds.

However, the district council planning committee meeting approved the scheme on the recommendation of officers who said the neighbourhood plan only carried “limited weight” because it was at such an early stage.

The officers said: “It is a major application but there are exceptional circumstances to justify the development and the work undertaken in the neighbourhood plan preparation supports development on the site. It is in a sustainable location.”

Parish council chairman Kevin Bulmer said: “It is very frustrating. The site has been named in the plan but the numbers aren’t yet certain and Goring doesn’t need more three- and four-
bedroom homes.”

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