A planning application has been submitted to build 16 houses on land south of Church Street in Kingham – but there is concern about what they would be built on.
The proposal has, as the Cotswold Journal reported this week, caused concern among locals, given that the land is a former landfill site and gravel pit which was infilled partly with household refuse. The Journal reports that the site has been found to have arsenic, mercury and lead levels that exceed government safety guidelines.
The planning application (ref 14/1046/P/FP) acknowledges that there is known ‘contamination’ on the land, and that there is ‘land where contamination is suspected for all or part of the site’.
The proposal is for eight ‘market value’ units – four 3-bed and four 4-bed or more – and eight ‘social rented housing’ (two 1-bed, four 2-bed and two 3-bed). 47 parking spaces are also proposed. The site would also require a new public road within it.
A decision on the application by West Oxfordshire District Council is due by mid-October.