Wednesday, 22 September 2021

70 homes refused

PLANS for up to 70 homes on two adjacent plots in Woodcote have been thrown out.

T A Fisher, of Reading, wanted permission for up to 65 houses at The Paddocks, a 3.4-hectare field to the south of Bridle Path, while JPPC, of Oxford, was seeking permission for five units on land immediately to the west.

South Oxfordshire District Council turned both down because neither site is earmarked for housing in the village’s neighbourhood plan.

It also said the harm done to the character of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty outweighed the benefits of the additional housing and there were no exceptional circumstances in the public interest to justify approval.

T A Fisher’s scheme comprised houses, bungalows and flats ranging from one bedroom to four. Twenty-six would have been “affordable”. It was to be accessed via an existing lane off Bridle Path.

The council’s planning officers said it would have a “materially harmful impact on the local landscape with no realistic prospect of that harm being fully moderated”.

They said JPPC’s development would “noticeably extend the built form of Woodcote southwards towards the open countryside.”

Woodcote Parish Council vice-chairman Geoff Botting, who chairs the plan steering group, said: “We’re very pleased the district council has defended our neighbourhood plan. We are in the process of updating the document and this decision proves the exercise is worthwhile.”

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