“Provisional approval” for the redevelopment of the Penhurst School site on new Street was given this week.
West Oxfordshire District Council approved the plans (application number 14/0754/)/FP) to create a care home and assisted living units at the site – subject to agreement, under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act.
As with the Baptist Church redevelopment, which was approved in July, the approval for this planning application came despite town council objections. The town council objected over a section of the proposed care home being three storeys, when they felt a two storey section would have less of an impact on neighbouring properties. They were also concerned about a shortage of car parking on the site. The Highways department of Oxfordshire County Council also objected, and 38 letters from Penhurst’s neighbours were also received.
However, the developers argued that the proposal would have ‘no impact’ on the amenity of local residents, and that it would only result in ‘a modest increase’ in traffic movement.
Also this week, a planning application to develop the former site of Vernon House, on Burford Road, was granted. The application by Cottsway Housing is to build 14 flats and five houses, together with parking, on the now empty site.