Sunday, 20 June 2021

Opinions wanted on airfield housing

PARISH councillors in Watlington are being asked for their views on plans for 3,500 homes at Chalgrove airfield.

Anna Badcock, Watlington’s representative on South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, made the appeal.

Speaking at a parish council meeting, she said: “I need to know your thoughts and opinions. I am here to represent this community. I need to listen to you and I need to go in and tell my fellow councillors what you all think.

“If it does need to go ahead, what is important for your community and what do you need to get out of it? If you want certain things you need to tell me.”

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has put forward plans for the development, which could involve the creation of a Watlington by-pass.

The “edge street” would run from the B4009 Britwell Road to the west of the town, through Cuxham Road and alongside the Marlbrook estate, to the north of the town across Pyrton Lane and join the B4009 Watlington Road at the junction of Station Road and Pyrton Lane.

The agency, whose remit is to make more homes and business premises available, says the road could take additional traffic and heavy goods vehicles, keeping it away from the town centre, but would require developers to help fund it.

It says the route from Watlington to Lewkor and on to the M40 is a main transport corridor that experiences heavy traffic flows that are likely to increase.

The parish council is wary of the impact of the new road on the neighbouring villages of Shirburn, Britwell Salome, Pyrton and Cuxham.

Meanwhile, Providence Land has applied for outline planning permission for 100 homes on land and off Pyrton Lane, while Archstone and Bloor Homes want to build 200 homes on land off Britwell Road.

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