A 160-home estate in West Oxfordshire which was previously refused by councillors is now under construction.

The homes off Mount Owen Road in Bampton are now due to go on the market by the end of the year.

Developer Taylor Wimpey will be building the homes, after reserved matters planning permission was granted by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) in December.

In September, WODC refused Taylor Wimpey’s application due to the ‘height of the flat block and the lack of ameliorative landscaping’.

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The refusal further said that the proposed development was ‘considered to represent an overly dominant form of development that would adversely affect the character and appearance of the area’.

The council had received 28 letters of objection prior to a planning committee meeting in August, with criticisms including the impact on tourism and an increase in traffic and parking.

At the meeting, committee members derided numerous aspects of the site, including the design and flood risk.

With permission since granted, Taylor Wimpey can press ahead with the new one and two-bedroom apartments, and two-to-five-bedroom homes.

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Taylor Wimpey says the Bampton Meadows site team is operating in line with Government guidance.

Danielle Heard, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, said: “We’re really pleased to have started work on our new development in Bampton.

“We’ve been working incredibly hard on the designs for the site, and now that work has begun, people will start to see the new homes taking shape very soon.

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“The first homes are due to launch towards the end of 2020 and we’ve already had plenty of early interest so I’d urge anyone who is thinking of moving to a new home in Bampton to register their interest online in order to be the first to find out when the first plots go on sale.”

Taylor Wimpey says it will be supporting community projects and working with organisations around the village during the lifetime of Bampton Meadows.

Bampton parish councillors chose the name of the development prior to construction work beginning.