Plans for a housing development which would have obscured a historic Chipping Norton landmark have been be refused.
Proposals to build 60 homes and flats on a greenfield site at Churchill Road were submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) by Sharba Homes earlier this year, but district councillors refused the scheme on Monday partly because it would obscure the town’s view of the Grade II listed Bliss Mill.
Chipping Norton Mayor Mike Tysoe said the town council had also been firmly opposed to the plans.
He said: “The council said it didn’t want it because it’s in the Costwold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (CAONB) and would obscure the views across to the mill, which now contains designer apartments. The roads there wouldn’t cope with the additional traffic and it’s on pasture land.”
English Heritage and the CAONB board were amongst those who registered opposition to the district council.
Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Plan steering group, which hopes its draft plan for the town’s development will be approved by Westminster next year, also opposed the scheme, favouring infill house building rather than separate new estates.
The district council’s draft Local Development Plan earmarks 500 new homes for Chippy but also favours infilling.
Mr Tysoe said the town council is largely in favour of one such infill development proposed at Walterbush Road, where developers have proposed 120 homes to round-off the edge of town.
If approved the scheme would include a new clubhouse for Chipping Norton Football Club given in return for a slice of land owned by the club.
Mr Tysoe added: “It fills up a corner of the town and it’s in the right place for that kind of development.” Plans are to be submitted to WODC imminently.