PLANS to build a series of flats and houses where a builders yard once stood will be considered by Oxford City Council planning chiefs tonight.

The plans for the site formerly occupied by Ashlar House would see nine new homes built on Glanville Road.

This would include four two-bed flats and two one-bed flats in a single block, as well as two four-bed houses, and one three-bed house in a terrace.

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Oxford City Council’s east area planning committee is recommended to approve the plans when it meets this evening at 6pm.

Developer Cantay Estates wants to build the block of flats facing Glanville Road, while the terraced homes would be built behind them, away from the road.

As well as the new buildings on the site, there would be room for 12 car parking spaces.

But the plans are a cause for concern with one nearby resident, Andy Manners, who described the nine new homes as a ‘massive overdevelopment’ of the site.

In a letter to Oxford City Council, Mr Manners said: “The site is the same depth as the plot my house sits on, and three times wider. The appropriate development on this site, to fit in with existing housing would therefore be three houses, in line with the existing houses.”

“It is not reasonable to build a three-storey block of flats, and put three more houses in what should be the back gardens.”

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The old builders yard at Ashlar House before the building was knocked down. Picture: Oxford City Council.

Mr Manners also raised concerns about how the new homes would infringe on the privacy of neighbouring homes and would also lead to large shadows being cast over them.

Ashlar House has a long history of planning applications.

In April, the same application was refused because Cantay Estates refused to enter into a contract known as a section 106 agreement, which would have seen them pay towards affordable housing at another site in Oxford.

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Since then, planning rules have changed, which means the developer is no longer required to make this contribution because there are fewer than 10 new homes planned for the Ashlar House site.

Neighbours raised safety concerns as Ashlar House was pulled down last year, as they felt workers on the site were not using specialist equipment to remove Asbestos from the building.

The homes at Ashlar House will be discussed by the East Area Planning committee at 6pm on Wednesday.

For more information about the application, visit Oxford City Council’s planning webpages and search reference 19/02577/FUL