West Adderbury to get 10 more houses despite Councillors concerns


Nicholas King Homes plans to build in another field behind a recent development

Cherwell District Council’s Planning Committee has this afternoon agreed to more houses being built on a green field in West Adderbury.

Nicholas King Homes applied for outline planning permission to build up to 10 more homes behind their Henge Close development.   In pre-application discussions the applicant had indicated they were hoping to put 21 houses on the site.

The application received 46 objections and no support, but officers recommended the application be approved.   The Council’s lack of a 5-year housing land supply was noted as a reason for approving the application with the 10 dwellings making a contribution towards the current estimated shortfall of 2,255 new homes.

The report stated: “It is accepted that the development would make a small but valuable contribution to housing delivery and that significant weight should be attached to this benefit. 

“There would also be some economic benefit in the support of construction jobs and spending in the area those future residents would bring about although this is only afforded minor to moderate weight.”

A number of Councillors expressed their concerns with the development with one noting an annoyance when developers left a “green space” which, as in this case, became access to the land behind.

Councillors also questioned why the officers report noted the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan from 2018 being out-of-date. They were advised such documents had a valid life span of around two years.

It was noted the pre-application plan for ten homes didn’t include any affordable dwellings as there is no requirement where plans are for less than 11 houses.

Of the three Councillors that represent Adderbury none were at the meeting, but Councillor David Hingley (Liberal) had contacted the Committee asking them “to give very serious consideration to refusing permission, and notwithstanding this to securing that potential future access to any additional adjacent areas be prevented”.

Councillor John Broad (Independent) proposed rejecting the application, but didn’t receive a seconder.

Committee Chairman Councillor George Reynolds (Conservative) proposed allowing the application. He was seconded by Councillor Colin Clarke (Conservative).

Outline permission was then granted with 9 councillors voting for, one against and 6 abstaining.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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