‘We can’t cope with any more housing’ says Wallingford Town Council

Oxford Mail: Mayor Bernard Stone Mayor Bernard Stone

WALLINGFORD Town Council has unanimously objected to a housing plan for the former Habitat site despite residents’ petition in support.

At a meeting, the council said Wallingford’s infrastructure could not cope with the development of 94 houses at Hithercroft industrial estate on top of the 555 already pegged for the town.

The final decision on the Lightwood Property and David Wilson Homes plan will be made by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) in February.

Speaking after the town council meeting on Monday, Mayor Bernard Stone said: “We were already of the view that 555 houses included in the Local Plan was more than the town could cope with in terms of infrastructure.

“Having taken that stance, it is very difficult for the town council to accept more housing.”

He said the council had also opposed the scheme because the SODC Local Plan for development recommended creating two hectares of new employment land in Wallingford.

He added that if the district planning officers did not take those points in account, it would make a “mockery” of their own Local Plan.

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8:56am Wed 8 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

If the infrastructure can't cope - then improve the infrastructure.

I often wonder if the word "cope" is more a reflection of the capability of the councillors than the town itself.

A major improvement to the town would be to open a "Northern link road" between the Wantage Road roundabout and Shillingford Road.
If the infrastructure can't cope - then improve the infrastructure. I often wonder if the word "cope" is more a reflection of the capability of the councillors than the town itself. A major improvement to the town would be to open a "Northern link road" between the Wantage Road roundabout and Shillingford Road. Andrew:Oxford
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10:27am Wed 8 Jan 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
If the infrastructure can't cope - then improve the infrastructure.

I often wonder if the word "cope" is more a reflection of the capability of the councillors than the town itself.

A major improvement to the town would be to open a "Northern link road" between the Wantage Road roundabout and Shillingford Road.
Same story for almost every town in Oxfordshire. Local plan is to double the population in Wantage with no improvements to the roads. No wonder Oxfordshire is in the bottom 3 for highway authorities.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: If the infrastructure can't cope - then improve the infrastructure. I often wonder if the word "cope" is more a reflection of the capability of the councillors than the town itself. A major improvement to the town would be to open a "Northern link road" between the Wantage Road roundabout and Shillingford Road.[/p][/quote]Same story for almost every town in Oxfordshire. Local plan is to double the population in Wantage with no improvements to the roads. No wonder Oxfordshire is in the bottom 3 for highway authorities. Richard of Wantage
  • Score: -75

11:13am Wed 8 Jan 14

Nicola - Wallingford says...

555 houses approved against opposition from the residents. Then the residents back a development and that is rejected. Is the Council planning to keep doing the opposite of what the people want??
555 houses approved against opposition from the residents. Then the residents back a development and that is rejected. Is the Council planning to keep doing the opposite of what the people want?? Nicola - Wallingford
  • Score: -67

3:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

cornflake girl says...

Why are Wallingford Town Councellors once again objecting to what the people want in the town, do they want a derelict ghost town. Wich is what is happening. I understand the need would be greater for bigger schools/ better shops to cope with the demand. But how great that would be to have some shops that remain OPEN and people want to use.
Why are Wallingford Town Councellors once again objecting to what the people want in the town, do they want a derelict ghost town. Wich is what is happening. I understand the need would be greater for bigger schools/ better shops to cope with the demand. But how great that would be to have some shops that remain OPEN and people want to use. cornflake girl
  • Score: -86

4:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tomlsmith says...

cornflake girl wrote:
Why are Wallingford Town Councellors once again objecting to what the people want in the town, do they want a derelict ghost town. Wich is what is happening. I understand the need would be greater for bigger schools/ better shops to cope with the demand. But how great that would be to have some shops that remain OPEN and people want to use.
Wallingford Town Councellors recently supported an application on the Hithercroft Estate to allow a Morrisions Supermarket to be built there. Do they really think that this would help the vitality of the town centre ? The town needs more people, more housing and better facilities. it would make sense to redevelop redundant areas of the town, use the large central car parks and create an attractive environment where people will want to come and spend time. the town council are small minded thinkers who just haven't got the vision to pull it off. the town needs more people, more shops and facilities not excuses and negativity. The Town Council should be supporting planning applications for housing to encourage people to use and visit the town.
[quote][p][bold]cornflake girl[/bold] wrote: Why are Wallingford Town Councellors once again objecting to what the people want in the town, do they want a derelict ghost town. Wich is what is happening. I understand the need would be greater for bigger schools/ better shops to cope with the demand. But how great that would be to have some shops that remain OPEN and people want to use.[/p][/quote]Wallingford Town Councellors recently supported an application on the Hithercroft Estate to allow a Morrisions Supermarket to be built there. Do they really think that this would help the vitality of the town centre ? The town needs more people, more housing and better facilities. it would make sense to redevelop redundant areas of the town, use the large central car parks and create an attractive environment where people will want to come and spend time. the town council are small minded thinkers who just haven't got the vision to pull it off. the town needs more people, more shops and facilities not excuses and negativity. The Town Council should be supporting planning applications for housing to encourage people to use and visit the town. tomlsmith
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tomlsmith says...

Wallingford Town Councellors recently supported an application on the Hithercroft Estate to allow a Morrisions Supermarket to be built there. Do they really think that this would help the vitality of the town centre ? The town needs more people, more housing and better facilities. it would make sense to redevelop redundant areas of the town, use the large central car parks and create an attractive environment where people will want to come and spend time. the town council are small minded thinkers who just haven't got the vision to pull it off. the town needs more people, more shops and facilities not excuses and negativity. The Town Council should be supporting planning applications for housing to encourage people to use and visit the town.
Wallingford Town Councellors recently supported an application on the Hithercroft Estate to allow a Morrisions Supermarket to be built there. Do they really think that this would help the vitality of the town centre ? The town needs more people, more housing and better facilities. it would make sense to redevelop redundant areas of the town, use the large central car parks and create an attractive environment where people will want to come and spend time. the town council are small minded thinkers who just haven't got the vision to pull it off. the town needs more people, more shops and facilities not excuses and negativity. The Town Council should be supporting planning applications for housing to encourage people to use and visit the town. tomlsmith
  • Score: 2

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