Villagers urged to say no to more housing
Community leaders in Bloxham hope villagers will tell developers planning a third new housing estate that ‘enough is enough’.
The parish council is giving out the strong message to residents in a bid to persuade Miller Homes to take their plan for 60 homes elsewhere.
This weekend, the company is holding a public event to display its proposals for the old quarry in Tadmarton Road.
The developer is offering a free 17-space car park for nearby Bloxham Primary School, a community park and the opportunity to sort out flooding problems in that area.
A total of 35 per cent of the homes proposed would be affordable housing.
Cllr Dave Chapman, chair of Bloxham Parish Council, said: “We’ve had all the houses we can take! We are an easy target because the district council didn’t do their local plan.
“A considerable percentage of the current village is new homes built in the last six years and we have taken our fair share. In any case, this is in the wong place; there is a flooding issue in that area.”
Miller Homes’ exhibition takes place in the Jubilee Hall tomorrow (Friday) from 3pm- 9pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm.
“We are urging villagers to be direct about what they think. Saying ‘maybe’ is too positive,” said Mr Chapman.
“These developers just want the dosh and then to walk away and leave us with all the problems which could be passed on to future generations. We don’t have a housing need in Bloxham even if Cherwell district does.”
Miller Homes said it fully appreciates the contentious nature of recent planning applications for Bloxham but believes it can offer a more suitable and sustainable opportunity that helps meet Cherwell’s housing land shortfall.
Developers Frampton and Gladman are fighting refusal of their plans to build a total of 160 homes on sites in Barford Road, Bloxham.
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