A planning application has been formally submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council to build 60 new houses on farmland on Churchill Road.
Sharba Homes has made the application within the last week, following an initial exhibition earlier this year at which public comments were sought.
The land, at West End Farm, borders Tilsley Road but is currently farmland on the approach into Chipping Norton from Churchill. If approved, it would dramatically change the view on approaching town, from countryside to housing estate.
As West Oxfordshire District Council notes on its own Notice of Application for Planning Permission, the proposed development does not follow the provisions of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan, which has highlighted the area around Tank Farm, nearer the development at Blissfield Gardens, for future housing developments.
It might also, in the council’s opinion, “affect the character and appearance of a conservation area.”
Local residents who stand to be impacted by the approval of the scheme have already erected protest posters near the proposed site, asking those who have objections to make them to the West Oxfordshire planners by 3 October.
The full details of the proposed development are available from the WODC website. The planning application number is 13/1223/P/FP.
These details show that there would be 60 homes, which would include 22 units for affordable housing – a mix of flats and houses, the majority being 1-bed flats and 2-bed houses – and 30 ‘market’ units, comprising five 2-bed houses, 4 three-bed houses, and 21 houses designated as being four or more bedrooms.
There would also be a further eight flats and houses designated as ‘intermediate’ (neither affordable housing nor ‘market’), together with a total of 149 on-site parking spaces on what is currently 3.1 hectares of agricultural (pasture) land.