After its plans to build 60 new houses on farmland on Churchill Road were rejected by WODC, Sharba Homes announced that it would appeal the decision. Consequently, a planning inquiry is to be held in October, and the town council is recommending that residents potentially affected by the proposed development get together to make their views clear to the inquiry.
Residents from the most immediately affected roads – Tilsley Road and Lord’s Piece Road – are being advised by the town council to nominate an individual (from one of those roads) to talk on their behalf at the inquiry. He or she would need to be confident about speaking, and able to put forward the residents’ primary objections to the development. They would also need to expect to be cross-examined by the developers’ barrister.
But the town council have warned that if residents do not want the proposed development to go ahead, they need to work together. However, it is unlikely that the inquiry would take into account concerns about increased traffic along Churchill Road, as these concerns by residents were not part of the original reasons for rejecting the plans.
As covered in Chippy News‘ June edition, the appeal will be held at the WODC Council Offices at Woodgreen in Witney on 14 October 2014. The inquiry, to be conducted by a Planning Inspector, is likely to focus on heritage issues.
Although any bodies wanting to appear at the inquiry to give evidence had to let the Planning Inspectorate know by the end of April, local residents are still able to turn up on the day to either speak or just watch proceedings. Documents relating to the proposed development can be inspected in the Planning and Leisure Services Department of WODC.