Adderbury development can go ahead following appeal

Councillor Michael Gibbard, Cherwell's lead member for planning.
Councillor Michael Gibbard, Cherwell's lead member for planning.

A Government planning inspector has ruled a proposal for 65 homes in Adderbury can go ahead despite being rejected by district councillors.

Cherwell District Council refused plans for the development on land south of Milton Road in June. An appeal was launched by applicant Berkeley Homes and following a hearing in November, inspector Tim Wood granted permission, citing a housing shortfall in Cherwell.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “While the decision to permit this development may help Cherwell make up for the shortfall for the five-year land supply, it completely contradicts everything localism is supposed to stand for.

“Despite both parties taking proactive steps to identify alternative, more suitable sites, the voice of the local residents and councillors has once again fallen on deaf ears.”

Recent reviews of Cherwell’s housing provision have confirmed the council can only demonstrate a 4.7 year land supply, falling short of the Government’s five-year target.