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Consultation to begin on estate

Plans for another housing development along Hanwell Fields has been lodged with Cherwell District Council.

Plans for another housing development along Hanwell Fields has been lodged with Cherwell District Council.

Plans for another 160 homes in Banbury have been lodged with Cherwell District Council’s planning department.

The properties on green fields alongside Dukes Meadow Drive, Hanwell Fields meet the requirements of Cherwell’s local plan which has entered the final stages of being approved.

The homes are next to a development of 350 properties planned by Persimmon Homes. The two developments should have added up to 500 homes but consultants for Amber Developments believe the site can comfortably accommodate 160.

The first step in the planning process, the environmental impact assessment, will begin imminently with public consultation accessible to all.

The Hanwell Fields Development Action Group is dismayed at the density of the housing.

On its website – hfdag.org.uk – chairman Malcolm Finch said: “The housing density is very high and overwhelming.

“Hanwell Fields already feels very compact and claustrophobic. The openness of the fields brings much needed relief to this density.

“We already have issues with housing numbers on this estate, too many cars and too few places to park them, leading to many problems.

“This particular development will only aggravate this further. I object to all the developments but luckily the others are of sufficient distance away to not impose in such a severe way.”

Peter Frampton, Amber Developments’ planning consultant, said the assessment would go live as soon as planning officers have validated the application details.

It is understood as much as 40 per cent of the site’s homes would be social housing, which could be a mix of rented properties, shared ownership homes, community self-builds and extra care housing.

 

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