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Additional homes at RAF base given go ahead by council

MHBG-21-04-11 Bodicote House Cherwell District Council Offices Bodicote House

MHBG-21-04-11 Bodicote House Cherwell District Council Offices Bodicote House

A former RAF base approved for housing could incorporate an extra 60 homes following a decision to further develop the site.

Cherwell District councillors approved outline planning permission for the dwellings and public open space on land and buildings in Dow Street, Upper Heyford at a planning meeting last Thursday.

Bob Duxbury, Cherwell’s development control team leader, said: “The RAF Upper Heyford base covers about 505 hectares in total and this application refers to about 2.81 hectares within that in the ‘domestic and residential’ section.

“This currently contains 1920s’ red brick buildings and although the site is a designated conservation area, none of these buildings are listed and already have approval to be demolished.

“By granting permission for 60 new properties to be built we will help bring a redundant space back into use while working towards meeting Government housing targets.”

The base already has planning permission for more than 1,000 new homes following a planning appeal in 2010.

As part of a condition of its latest planning consent, 15 of the homes will be marketed as affordable to rent with another six available on a shared ownership basis.

 

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