A housing developer has launched an appeal against a council decision to refuse planning permission for up to 117 homes outside Banbury.
Gleeson Developments Ltd has made an appeal against Cherwell District Council’s decision in March to refuse permission on land off Broughton Road, north east of Crouch Hill Farm.
The developer has appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government after the council refused an outline application for residential use of up to 117 dwellings with associated gardens, parking, landscaping, services and infrastructure and public open space with access off Broughton Road.
Councillor Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “The application represents a sporadic, unplanned urban extension which encroaches onto the open countryside and across the proposed green buffer zone which is intended to protect the identities of Banbury and its surrounding settlements.
“This is unsustainable development beyond the built up limits of Banbury in an area of attractive, rolling countryside that Cherwell is seeking to preserve.”
Matt Richardson, planning manager for Gleeson Developments Ltd, said: “Obviously we are disappointed the application was refused, but an appeal has been lodged because we think it is a good scheme on a good site.” Anyone wishing to submit comments to the Secretary of State has until Wednesday, August 6.
Comments can be made at www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/search, quoting appeal reference number APP/C3105/A/14/2220513.