Here’s a round-up of recent planning decisions made by West Oxfordshire District Council‘s Uplands planning committee, that affect our local area. More information will be in the next print edition of Chippy News.
- Baptist Church, New Street, Chipping Norton (14/0694/P/FP)
Despite concerns from local residents and the town council over this development, focusing on the fact that there is no parking provision for the eight proposed flats, this application was granted by WODC. There had been 29 letters objecting to the proposal, but the developer stated that ‘the lack of on-site parking is not a constraint to the proposed development’, and WODC’s planning officers observed that in the absence of am objection from the Highways Authority, ‘officers do not consider that they can justify a reason for refusal on the grounds of lack of parking.’ The work is due to start next month.
- Land at Tracey Farm, Great Tew (14/0693/P/FP)
There was a positive reaction from local people after we reported that Soho House wanted to develop the land in Great Tew to build a members’ club, including a pool and sauna – and now the revised plans have been approved. Who will be the first member of the REAL Chipping Norton Set to join?!
- Land at Rockhill Farm, London Road, Chipping Norton (14/0522/P/OP)
Outline planning permission was given in July for an 80 unit extra care home and up to 16 residential dwellings to be built on London Road, subject to legal agreement. This agreement sets out how much the developer will have to pay towards local infrastructure – WODC has asked that the developers should provide £20,000 towards improving accessible changing facilities at Chippy Leisure Centre, and nearly £8,000 towards off-site play areas. This still needs to be negotiated, and until the agreement is signed, approval will not be formally issued.