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Developer seeks to build up to 60 new homes to the north of Berry Hill Road

Published: 09/12/2017 10:00 AM

An outline planning application has been submitted for the creation of a new estate of up to 60 houses in the field next to Last House on the northern side of Berry Hill Road. The application has been submitted by Hollins Strategic Land LLP, a Manchester based company who’s website states their work involves “proactively investing in bringing forward and acquiring residential and mixed use sites to a point where commercially viable development can take place”. The application was lodged with Cherwell District Council on 28th November.

The field is currently used for stabling horses. The proposed plans would see the creation of up to 60 dwellings, including 35% affordable homes. There would be a mix of dwelling types and sizes which the applicant claims “will respond to identified local need”. Vehicle and pedestrian access would be via Berry Hill Road with additional pedestrian access via existing footpaths to the north and east of the site.

The application states, “There is a range of shops within walking distance of the site. The nearest convenience store to the site is the ‘Taste Buds Food Shop’ in Adderbury”. It highlights other village amenities, “including a post office, a motor garage, a hairdresser, two public houses and Adderbury library”. The application notes that whilst “The centre of Adderbury is accessible via Berry Hill Road … The development will also link with the existing Public Right of Way to the north and east of the site which connects directly into the centre of the village, bringing the majority of local facilities within 800 metres walking distance of the site”. The existing footpath from Berry Hill Road runs alongside the site, past the treatment works and over the Sor Brook into the playing field or Mill Lane.

The request submitted to Cherwell District Council is for Outline Planning Permission. This is generally used at an early stage to find out whether or not a proposal is likely to be approved, before any substantial costs are incurred.

Cherwell District Council has given a closing date of December 27th for those wishing to comment on the application. Adderbury Parish Council has written to Cherwell requesting an extension of the deadline as they are not meeting and therefore can not consider the application until January 16th.

Writing on Adderbury News’ Facebook page David Greatworth said, “Surely with over 180 houses built / approved in the last four years within the village, enough is enough. The application does not comply with the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan and the developers have clearly timed their application in the hope that people will be too pre-occupied with Christmas / New Year to take the time to object within the 21 day consultation window”.

The field has seen a number of planning applications in recent years. In 2002 an application to build stables was granted, although Adderbury Parish Council objected at the time, and some local residents complained, saying the application was a pre-cursor to further development as had been sought previously.

In 2005 the field owner sought permission to build a single bungalow and re-site the stables within the field. This was refused due to the proposal being outside the built-up area of the village and because of the building design.

In 2006 Cherwell District Council refused an application for 5 detached houses and two terraces of 6 affordable houses. The proposal being outside the built-up area of Adderbury and building design were again stated as reasons for rejection.

The application reference number is 17/02394/OUT.

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