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‘Hypocrisy’ claim as house plans vetoed

Oxford Mail: Don Pilbeam has attacked WODC after it turned down his plan to build a house in his back garden but is looking at plans to build 700 homes in the field opposite Don Pilbeam has attacked WODC after it turned down his plan to build a house in his back garden but is looking at plans to build 700 homes in the field opposite

A HOMEOWNER is furious a council has stopped him building a house in his back garden, but earmarked fields opposite his property for 700 homes.

Brize Norton resident Don Pilbeam, 69, hoped to build a four-bedroom house in the back garden of his Burford Road home but West Oxfordshire District Council rejected the scheme.

It was partly turned down because planners thought it would damage the character of Burford Road and put undue pressure on the highway network.

But the district council has earmarked land off Burford Road as ‘Carterton East’ – a site for 700 homes in its draft core strategy, the blueprint for where homes will be built in West Oxfordshire until 2029.

Mr Pilbeam said: “It was rejected even though it overlooks nobody.

“One of the reasons the planning application was rejected was that they said it would spoil the character of Burford Road. But now they are happily looking at building 700 houses all the way along the Burford Road and completely destroying it and the village of Brize Norton.

“We are supposed to live in a fair society. I am absolutely livid.”

Mr Pilbeam put in the application in March this year and it was turned down in June.

He lodged an appeal last month.

The council said the application did not meet the definition of infilling, and was out of keeping with other houses in the area.

The plan was also refused because the council felt it would set a harmful precedent which would make it difficult to resist similar development along Burford Road.

Mr Pilbeam said: “When we bought the property some 28 years ago we bought it with the view it could be developed in the future.

“We are just about to retire so any extra funds that could be released would have been handy.”

Chris Hargraves, district council planning policy manager, said: “We do not believe Mr Pilbeam’s planning application and the local plan proposal for Carterton East are comparable.

“What is being proposed on land at Carterton East is a strategic development which will help to meet wider needs and provide a number of benefits such as a new school and affordable housing.

“The site has been identified following a detailed assessment of a number of different options.

“The design of any new development would have to be carefully planned to complement the surrounding environment and would include necessary landscape improvements to help minimise the impact.”

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1:51pm Mon 10 Dec 12

don.t says...

Nothing unsual about this and planning. The council planning department needs to look at applications and think what the public want. Take the debate on Sainsburys in Carterton. One counciller objected to it because they wrong type of employment coming to the area, yet he would prefer a Morrison's instead. This comments should be in the minutes of the meeting. The Council Officers need to be reminded that they are on the Council to represent the PEOPLE of their Ward and the views of the people, not there own views.
Nothing unsual about this and planning. The council planning department needs to look at applications and think what the public want. Take the debate on Sainsburys in Carterton. One counciller objected to it because they wrong type of employment coming to the area, yet he would prefer a Morrison's instead. This comments should be in the minutes of the meeting. The Council Officers need to be reminded that they are on the Council to represent the PEOPLE of their Ward and the views of the people, not there own views. don.t
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2:23pm Mon 10 Dec 12

xjohnx says...

Has he thought of donating something to a company owned 'perhaps' by a friend of a friend of you know who?

Or am I being cynical?
Has he thought of donating something to a company owned 'perhaps' by a friend of a friend of you know who? Or am I being cynical? xjohnx
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4:33pm Mon 10 Dec 12

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

Don's comments on the Sainsbury and Morrison applications are not correct. Sainsbury wanted to build on a site set aside for development but not as retail development. It is about half a mile from the main Carterton shopping centre and would have had a bad affect on the existing shops because people would have gone there but not to the centre shops. The Morrison's application is for a site bang slap in the middle of the Carterton shopping centre. Its customers would have only a few minutes walk to the other shops and each will complement each other. The same policy was applied a few years ago when Asda wanted to build an out of town store at Downs Road, Witney. This would have drawn shoppers away from Witney centre just like Tesco has done in Abingdon leaving a very poor Abingdon shopping centre compared to Witney.
Don's comments on the Sainsbury and Morrison applications are not correct. Sainsbury wanted to build on a site set aside for development but not as retail development. It is about half a mile from the main Carterton shopping centre and would have had a bad affect on the existing shops because people would have gone there but not to the centre shops. The Morrison's application is for a site bang slap in the middle of the Carterton shopping centre. Its customers would have only a few minutes walk to the other shops and each will complement each other. The same policy was applied a few years ago when Asda wanted to build an out of town store at Downs Road, Witney. This would have drawn shoppers away from Witney centre just like Tesco has done in Abingdon leaving a very poor Abingdon shopping centre compared to Witney. West Oxon Webwatcher
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5:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

West Oxon Webwatcher wrote:
Don's comments on the Sainsbury and Morrison applications are not correct. Sainsbury wanted to build on a site set aside for development but not as retail development. It is about half a mile from the main Carterton shopping centre and would have had a bad affect on the existing shops because people would have gone there but not to the centre shops. The Morrison's application is for a site bang slap in the middle of the Carterton shopping centre. Its customers would have only a few minutes walk to the other shops and each will complement each other. The same policy was applied a few years ago when Asda wanted to build an out of town store at Downs Road, Witney. This would have drawn shoppers away from Witney centre just like Tesco has done in Abingdon leaving a very poor Abingdon shopping centre compared to Witney.
Both wrong, it's which supermarket offers the best 'incentives' to the planning committee members which will be granted permission.


For 'incentives' insert the word 'bribes'.
[quote][p][bold]West Oxon Webwatcher[/bold] wrote: Don's comments on the Sainsbury and Morrison applications are not correct. Sainsbury wanted to build on a site set aside for development but not as retail development. It is about half a mile from the main Carterton shopping centre and would have had a bad affect on the existing shops because people would have gone there but not to the centre shops. The Morrison's application is for a site bang slap in the middle of the Carterton shopping centre. Its customers would have only a few minutes walk to the other shops and each will complement each other. The same policy was applied a few years ago when Asda wanted to build an out of town store at Downs Road, Witney. This would have drawn shoppers away from Witney centre just like Tesco has done in Abingdon leaving a very poor Abingdon shopping centre compared to Witney.[/p][/quote]Both wrong, it's which supermarket offers the best 'incentives' to the planning committee members which will be granted permission. For 'incentives' insert the word 'bribes'. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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10:32am Tue 11 Dec 12

jamiek says...

Totally agree with above comment council and councillors are only interested in the brown envelopes!!!!!!!!!!!
Totally agree with above comment council and councillors are only interested in the brown envelopes!!!!!!!!!!! jamiek
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1:56pm Tue 11 Dec 12

don.t says...

I did not want to say bribes, but it funny how they got planning permission for the town centre market site. When it was offered to Sainsbury's it was not a big a plot as offered to Morrisons. When councilors at planning meetings say to the Chairman and Public who attended that he personnel would prefer a Morrisons over Sainsburys, why was he not dismissed from the planning meeting and not allowed to vote? as he had a personnel interest. A long with a lot of others who have interests in Land and Business in the Carterton town centre
I did not want to say bribes, but it funny how they got planning permission for the town centre market site. When it was offered to Sainsbury's it was not a big a plot as offered to Morrisons. When councilors at planning meetings say to the Chairman and Public who attended that he personnel would prefer a Morrisons over Sainsburys, why was he not dismissed from the planning meeting and not allowed to vote? as he had a personnel interest. A long with a lot of others who have interests in Land and Business in the Carterton town centre don.t
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