Developer wants to build 49 houses in Shenington


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The green field application looks set to be refused by Councillors

A developer wants to build 49 houses on a farm field on the western side of Shenington.   The site has been subject to a number of previous planning applications which have all been withdrawn or refused.

The latest application looks set to be rejected by Councillors if they follow the advice of planning officers.

Elan Homes want to build the houses on the field, which sits next to Shenington Primary School on Stocking Lane, stretching to a border with Rattlecombe Road.   The land is currently used to graze livestock.

In 2001 an application was made to use the site for 29 homes and a new village hall.  This was withdrawn and then an application for 5 homes on part of the site submitted in 2002.   This was again withdrawn.   In 2008 an application to turn the site from agricultural to equestrian use was refused.

In the current application Elan Homes is planning for 17 of the 49 houses to be classed as affordable.

Shenington with Alkerton Parish Council strongly objects to the application and noted unanimous opposition to the proposal from those at a Parish Council meeting in March.

However, in a Statement of Community Involvement Elan Homes say that local people were consulted with just 39 responses received to the 96 letters they sent to local properties.   Elan Homes acknowledged that the response rate was not as high as with most surveys of this nature, but “if people do not object or do not have an interest in the site then they are not generally inclined to respond.”

Planning officers have recommended the application be rejected.   They acknowledge Cherwell’s current housing land supply position, which can lead to the Planning Inspectorate overruling local decisions.   However, they believe the proposed development in Shenington, which is a Category C village, is contrary to Planning Policies and “would result in an environmentally unsustainable form of development lacking suitable access to public services and facilities, transport options and employment”.

Councillors will discuss the application at a Planning Committee meeting on Thursday.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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