More houses set to be built in Banbury

Cllr John Donaldson at the Orchard Lodge site on Warwick Road.
Cllr John Donaldson at the Orchard Lodge site on Warwick Road.

Plans to build up to 100 new homes in and around Banbury were granted approval by councillors at last Thursday’s meeting.

The first application saw the approval of up to 40 homes on land north of Crouch Hill Barn, adjoining Broughton Road. Although it is not included as a preferred site for development in Cherwell’s submitted Local Plan, a shortfall in the council’s five-year land supply means alternative sites have to be considered.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “As Cherwell only has a 4.7-year-land supply, it means we have to consider sites away from our preferred development locations to help meet this shortfall.

“If we continue to reject what the government considers to be sustainable sites, we are likely to have these decisions overturned on appeal which means the developments will still go ahead.”

The application was submitted by Banner Homes and involves the provision of up to 40 properties, of which 30 per cent will be affordable, across 2.7 hectares of open field.

A series of regeneration projects aimed at transforming redundant brownfield sites in Banbury into housing opportunities were also approved. Seven sites, which all form part of the Build! project, will see a total of 66 affordable properties built for the town and surrounding areas.

Councillor Debbie Pickford, lead member for housing, said: “These tired, old buildings have been blighting the landscape for several years but having now obtained planning permission, we can transform these eyesores into new housing opportunities which will not only improve the view but also the lives of our residents.”

Eighteen homes will be built at the former care home Lincoln House in Woodgreen Avenue. Demolition work has already begun at the site of Orchard Lodge in Cope Road to create 16 new semi-detached and terraced houses and at Calthorpe House, Calthorpe Street to provide 15 apartments arranged over four floors.