Developers have set their sights on two areas to the west of Banbury on the Broughton Road.
House builders Banner Homes and Gleeson Developments are eyeing up two areas of greenfield farmland for construction of 40-home and 135-homes respectively.
Residents of the nearby housing area known as Poets’ Corner are furiously opposing the plans. In 2000 they successfully fought off similar plans for housing on farmland which has since lain unused.
Michael Smail of Falcon Close said: “All the objections raised in 2000 for similar housing proposals still stand, including the major concerns about increased traffic on the narrow Broughton B-road and its links; the highly negative impact on Crouch Hill - one of Banbury’s major historic and natural landmarks and beauty spots of high landscape value, which would be virtually destroyed by such development - and the extra strain on local infrastructure and facilities at a site furthest from the M40, major transport hubs and town centre.”
Leaflets revealing the developers’ plans off Crouch Hill were received by local residents in quick succession in July and August, leading householders to believe the developers were acting in tandem.
Banner homes has since lodged an outline planning application with Cherwell District Council (13/01528/OUT) and already numerous residents have lodged strong objections to the plan on the basis of traffic, overshadowing of property, loss of an area of outstanding beauty and over-development of the town.
Mr Smail said: “This area is also now completely outside the agreed and now submitted CDC Development Plan which has identified many other more suitable areas for such housing development.
“I hope as many local residents as possible are made aware of these proposed developments, so that they can raise their objections before they are reviewed by the council.”
Banner’s leaflet described its plan as providing opportunities to ‘improve housing choice and local amenities... private homes, affordable housing, a large area of public open space and improved access to Crouch Hill’
Gleeson, which has yet to put in a firm application, gave an aerial view of its vision of its development which it described as ‘delivering new homes to meet local need; a key priority for the Government and Cherwell District Council’. It also cited the Government’s priority for new homes to meet a ‘moral duty’ to provide homes for the growing population and those in housing need.