Saturday, 19 June 2021

200 homes at pig farm

DEVELOPERS are sizing up a site for 200 homes in Watlington.

Archstone and Bloor Homes want to build on land off Britwell Road, to the west of the town, and say they will submit a planning application shortly.

The development, which would mean the demolition of a pig farm, would include 40 per cent affordable housing as well as some commercial buildings for research or development companies or for light industrial use.

The companies say there would be a mix of house types and sizes and large areas of public open space as well as potential for a link road to improve connections around the town.

A leaflet produced by the developers says: “The development is for up to 200 dwellings alongside publicly accessible open space, sustainable urban drainage and some employment space.”

It says a consultation event will be held next week to “seek the views of local residents, which will help to shape the design for the site”.

The plans come before the completion of a draft of Watlington’s neighbourhood plan, which is designed to give residents more say over where development should take place.

Another developer, Providence Land, has already applied for outline planning permission for 100 homes on 14 hectares of agricultural land off Pyrton Lane in Pyrton parish.

Watlington Parish Council’s planning committee says the application is premature.

The consultation will be held at the Watlington Club on Thursday from 2.30pm to 8pm.

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