‘Homes plan will wreck our heritage’

Oxford Mail: The protesters including David Peddler, front right, make their point Picture: OX65062 Antony Moore Buy this photo The protesters including David Peddler, front right, make their point Picture: OX65062 Antony Moore

RESIDENTS of an Oxfordshire village have hit out at developers who are trying to build homes on their “precious” open countryside.

The villagers of Stanford in the Vale, near Wantage, say an application from Blue Cedar Homes to build 18 homes on a green field, will destroy the original setting of listed 17th and 18th century properties nearby.

They also say that car drivers in the proposed estate would create road safety problems for children walking to school and horse riders.

The application comes after a separate plan to build 73 homes in the village, which was refused by Vale of White Horse District Council, was allowed on appeal by a planning inspector last month.

David Pedder, who lives in Ock Meadow near the planned estate, said: “Hot on the heels of the approval of the David Wilson Homes’ development, Blue Cedar Homes has now submitted this plan on our precious Downland countryside.

“As villagers, we have many serious concerns about this development. It feels like developers are now cashing in on the lack of a national housing plan to make applications to build on land never identified as areas for potential development and we need to do all we can to stop this by objecting to this application.”

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Bristol-based Blue Cedar says the 18 homes will include eight designed for over-55s, seven affordable homes to be run by a housing association and three for the open market.

Land manager Simon Tannahill said: “We understand that development is a very live issue in the village at the moment but our scheme is responding to the parish council’s own housing needs survey from 2012 by providing a good mixture of high quality two-, three- and four-bedroom housing, and it will help address an acknowledged shortfall in the Vale.

“It has been designed to integrate well with the rest of the village, and we believe it is of an appropriate scale.

“We have received no objections from English Heritage and we are confident that we can mitigate any highways issues to the satisfaction of the planners and the community.”

s The public can comment on the application on the Vale’s website whitehorse.gov.uk until February 19.

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8:50pm Sat 8 Feb 14

TonyH says...

Abingdon found when they had no housing plan that it opens the door, hence the 'independent' inspector happilly allowed an appeal to build 150+ homes just off the Drayton Rd. That one was rejected by every council & planner, made no difference. The evidence was flawed (that many homes would produce just 30 morning rush cars going north, 11 south?!!) BUT the appeal mentioned 'affordable housing' (whether it is or not). It was apparent that despite the Govt saying many times "local decisions by local people" - that means nothing if the word housing is mentioned.
Abingdon found when they had no housing plan that it opens the door, hence the 'independent' inspector happilly allowed an appeal to build 150+ homes just off the Drayton Rd. That one was rejected by every council & planner, made no difference. The evidence was flawed (that many homes would produce just 30 morning rush cars going north, 11 south?!!) BUT the appeal mentioned 'affordable housing' (whether it is or not). It was apparent that despite the Govt saying many times "local decisions by local people" - that means nothing if the word housing is mentioned. TonyH
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9:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

TonyH wrote:
Abingdon found when they had no housing plan that it opens the door, hence the 'independent' inspector happilly allowed an appeal to build 150+ homes just off the Drayton Rd. That one was rejected by every council & planner, made no difference. The evidence was flawed (that many homes would produce just 30 morning rush cars going north, 11 south?!!) BUT the appeal mentioned 'affordable housing' (whether it is or not). It was apparent that despite the Govt saying many times "local decisions by local people" - that means nothing if the word housing is mentioned.
The people who buy the homes are locals too.
[quote][p][bold]TonyH[/bold] wrote: Abingdon found when they had no housing plan that it opens the door, hence the 'independent' inspector happilly allowed an appeal to build 150+ homes just off the Drayton Rd. That one was rejected by every council & planner, made no difference. The evidence was flawed (that many homes would produce just 30 morning rush cars going north, 11 south?!!) BUT the appeal mentioned 'affordable housing' (whether it is or not). It was apparent that despite the Govt saying many times "local decisions by local people" - that means nothing if the word housing is mentioned.[/p][/quote]The people who buy the homes are locals too. Andrew:Oxford
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