Fields have been targeted before

Cherwell District Council offices at Bodicote House

Cherwell District Council offices at Bodicote House

Plans for 117 homes on farmland on Broughton Road, Banbury have been lodged with Cherwell District Council.

The outline planning application has been submitted by Gleeson Developments and is ‘twinned’ with a Banner Homes request for consent to build 40 homes on fields between the proposed site and Poets’ Corner. The bid, expected to be opposed by residents who have roundly condemned any further development into greenfield sites along Broughton Road, is on the Cherwell website (13/01758/OUT), where the public can make their own comments to councillors who will decide the issue.

Michael Smail of Falcon Close, whose garden borders the Banner Homes site, said: “There has been a flood of objections already to the Banner Homes proposal and I am sure that this will be more than equalled by local residents once they see this latest proposal by Gleeson for a further 117 houses on one of Banbury’s most valued, natural and historic landmarks, just off the already heavily congested Broughton B-road.

“Once again this is completely outside any of the areas identified after intense local consultation for any new housing in the now-approved and submitted Cherwell District Council Local Development Plan.”

Gleeson said its plans for the land include a large area of public open space. It would be approached from Broughton Road. The company says housing would be restricted to the lower part of the site ‘so as not to be obvious in views’.

It says delivering new homes to meet local need is a key priority for both government and Cherwell District Council.

Its plans show the extension of the 30-mph speed limit further along the Broughton Road. It also shows bus stops on the main Broughton Road to serve the development.




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