Thursday, 28 October 2021

Developer submits detailed homes plan

DETAILED plans for 163 homes at Highlands Farm in Henley have been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

Crest Nicholson, which already has outline permission for up to 170 dwellings at the light industrial estate off Greys Road, now wants to confirm the finer points with the planning authority.

It is proposing a mix of one-and two-bedroom flats in blocks of up to three storeys as well as houses with between two and five bedrooms.

There will also be a “community hub”, up to 2,000 sq m of offices, public open space and junior sports pitches.

The site will be divided into five “character areas” called The Approach, The Dell, Woodland Edge, The Lanes and Village Green.

Sixty-five homes will be “affordable” with rents or purchase prices fixed below the market rate, in line with the council’s planning policy.

There will be 443 parking spaces, an average of 2.2 per dwelling, with a further 84 for the offices and community centre.

Access will be via Highlands Lane, off Greys Road.

The 12.8-hectare site, which is owned by businessman Alan Pontin, is earmarked for about 170 homes in Henley and Harpsden’s joint neighbourhood plan, which passed a referendum last year.

Crest Nicholson says: “The scheme represents a well-considered, landscape-led proposal incorporating high-quality design principles.

“The result will be a high quality form of residential development which will provide an exemplary living environment for future residents and contribute to the housing requirements of Henley and the wider district.”

The council will decide the application by April 19.

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