Councillors battle third homes plan for Hooky

Emma Kane

Emma Kane

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Hook Norton Parish Council has lodged its opposition to a housing development which, if approved, would take the number of new homes to be built in the village to 160.

The parish council has written to Cherwell District Council, which has received the application from Gladman Developments for 54 homes at a site on land north of Hook Norton Primary School and south of Redlands Farm on the Sibford Road.

An artist's impression of the proposed development for 54 homes

An artist's impression of the proposed development for 54 homes

In its letter to Cherwell the council states the development does not fit in with the principles set out in the yet to be approved Local Plan. It states: “The application is on a greenfield site outside the village envelope. One of the key principles of the plan is that priority should be given to the re-use of previously developed (brownfield) sites in preference to the development of greenfield.

“Another is that all development in rural areas should be in keeping and scale with its location and sensitive to the character of the countryside and local distinctiveness.

“A proposal for 54 homes on a greenfield site which is outside the settlement boundary cannot be said to meet either of these key principles.”

The council has also raised concerns over lack of capacity for new pupils at the primary school, limited electricity infrastructure, problems with water and gas supply, lack of public transport, increased traffic and water run-off causing flooding.

Councillors are also concerned about the impact on the dairy business at adjacent Redlands Farm.

Taylor Wimpey’s development of 70 homes at Bourne Lane was given approval by the Secretary of State last year after being refused by Cherwell and vehemently opposed by many villagers and parish councillors. A development of 35 homes at Station Road more favourably received by villagers is currently being constructed.