Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Developer ignores housing blueprint

ANOTHER developer has ignored the Sonning Common neighbourhood plan with plans for 30 new homes.

T A Fisher, of Theale, has submitted a planning application to develop 1.5 hectares of land off Kennylands Road.

But the site is earmarked for only 22 properties in the neighbourhood plan, which was officially adopted by South Oxfordshire District Council last month.

It follows an application by Gallagher Estates for 95 new homes on 6.65 hectares of land, also off Kennylands Road, even though the plan earmarked part of that site for just 26 homes.

T A Fisher says its development would be more efficient use of the land and would help the district council overcome the shortage of housing land.

A planning statement for the developer by Pro Vision, of Winchester, says: “The district has a significant unmet housing need and is currently unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

“Therefore proposals which boost the supply of housing in sustainable locations without adverse impact should be looked upon favourably.”

The development would be behind existing houses and would use an existing access from Kennylands Road.

It would include 12 “affordable” units, six with two bedrooms and six with three, and 18 other houses, six with two bedrooms, nine with three and three with four.

A design and access statement, by Broadway Malyan, of Reading, says: “The scheme would represent a modest extension to Sonning Common and deliver much- needed new housing in a sustainable location with good access to local services and facilities.

“It provides an attractive, legible development with new, public open space to create an attractive residential layout which integrates with the village, protects its character and does not adversely affect residential amenity.”

A decision will be made by January 3.

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