Developer offers green spaces in housing scheme

WOODLAND and a meadow could be part of a new housing estate planned for Wantage.

Developer Croudace Strategic is hoping to build up to 85 homes on land east of Chain Hill and uphill from Orchard Way.

The planning application for the estate also includes details of new trees and ornamental planting and a “landscape buffer” of native trees.

Orchard Way resident Diana Wyatt said: “My initial reaction to a development at the top of my garden would not be enthusiastic.

“One of the attractions of being on the edge of town is that you are not overlooked. But it does sounds like an interesting design and I would be interested to see more of the plans.”

Croudace acquired the land in 2007, as “a strategic site with medium to long-term potential”.

The company’s website says: “The site... is to the south of Wantage town centre which offers a wide range of community services and facilities, thus making it a sustainable location for housing.”

Mim Norvell, of Community Action Group Sustainable Wantage, said: “We would welcome any development that incorporates environmental features. We would be interested to learn more about it.”

Town councillor Fiona Roper said: “My worry about this application is the access into town. It’s a bit far out and there’s no walkway along that very busy hill.”

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5:04pm Mon 17 Dec 12

saddletramp says...

This "news" was on the front page of the Wantage Herald 2 weeks ago.
Why is it being recycled by the mail?
This "news" was on the front page of the Wantage Herald 2 weeks ago. Why is it being recycled by the mail? saddletramp

9:17am Tue 18 Dec 12

Myron Blatz says...

Probwbly recycled for lack of news, lazy editorial staff, or like happens with the Oxford Times, used to 'fill white space' because of an over-stretched news and reporting team. Many are now (like the old 'free' newspapers were) just advertising vehicles, with the legal requirement of articles to trade as a newspaper. Added to which, newspaper sales can't effectively compete with online news or the convenience of people's mobile phones. That said, the Oxford Mail online and mobile editions are quite good.
Probwbly recycled for lack of news, lazy editorial staff, or like happens with the Oxford Times, used to 'fill white space' because of an over-stretched news and reporting team. Many are now (like the old 'free' newspapers were) just advertising vehicles, with the legal requirement of articles to trade as a newspaper. Added to which, newspaper sales can't effectively compete with online news or the convenience of people's mobile phones. That said, the Oxford Mail online and mobile editions are quite good. Myron Blatz

7:38pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Mims says...

Rather than welcoming 'any development' that incorporates environmental features, what I actually said was: ‘Sustainable Wantage welcomes any steps developers are prepared to take, which enhance the level of energy and environmental sustainability to a level well above that required by Government.' Just for the record! With depleting resources, rising costs and global warming already serious concerns, energy efficient housing needs to be a top priority for any new developments.

Mim Norvell
Rather than welcoming 'any development' that incorporates environmental features, what I actually said was: ‘Sustainable Wantage welcomes any steps developers are prepared to take, which enhance the level of energy and environmental sustainability to a level well above that required by Government.' Just for the record! With depleting resources, rising costs and global warming already serious concerns, energy efficient housing needs to be a top priority for any new developments. Mim Norvell Mims

7:42am Wed 19 Dec 12

sallycol says...

As part of this proposed development there should be a traffic calming scheme on Chain Hill. At the moment the 30mph speed limit is routinely ignored with cars reaching over 60 miles an hour whilst driving up or down this unlit road which has no pavement. With many more cars entering or leaving the proposed development there is an increased danger of serious traffic accidents.
As part of this proposed development there should be a traffic calming scheme on Chain Hill. At the moment the 30mph speed limit is routinely ignored with cars reaching over 60 miles an hour whilst driving up or down this unlit road which has no pavement. With many more cars entering or leaving the proposed development there is an increased danger of serious traffic accidents. sallycol

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