So, the Secretary of State has gone with his housing supply quotas and sided with opportunistic developers and their carefully manipulated data (Banbury Guardian, September 26).
Choosing to override the planning decisions of Cherwell District Council and ignore the wishes of local villagers and their willingness to have a say in their environment displays a total reluctance to look at the facts.
The initial reaction from CDC suggests it intends to challenge the appeal decisions.
It must now have the determination to take this forward and demand a judicial review of these cases.
Clearly there will be a cost, because it is no use pretending these decisions can be overturned without the best legal advice on such matters, but supported by the local parish councils funds have to be found.
There isn’t really an alternative if the local area wishes to control its own destiny when it comes to planning.
Gascoigne Way, Bloxham
Regarding 375 new homes to be built in Salt Way, Bloxham and Hook Norton.
We have written letters of objection for the proposed Bloxham developments, attended both the inquiries, the meeting with Sir Tony Baldry last Tuesday and are registered with http://bloxhamneighbourhoodplan.co.uk. My husband and I are in our 30s and have recently moved to the village.
We previously lived in Banbury and worked hard to save in order to buy our home there. After the birth of our daughter we made the decision to move to Bloxham. Our new home did not cost more than £400,000.
Had it done, we would not have been able to move to the village.
We refute statements that Bloxham’s residents are NIMBY. From 2009 to date there have been 164 new dwellings built in Bloxham – some with the tag of being “affordable”.
The village is busy, especially with commercial traffic. A simple trip around the village at peak times can be a hairy experience. We have also been alerted to the fact our daughter may not get in at the primary school due to oversubscription.
Surely it is common sense that any decision to build more family homes would only compound this issue?
We accept and welcome growth as any positive community should. However, the proposed developments would only increase the burden and strain on good services that already appear to be struggling. Bloxham is said to be a sustainable village – the decision to approve these developments will, in all likely hood, see this sustainability lost forever as our local amenities and infrastructure are finally pushed beyond their limits.
Mr and Mrs Hill
More letters in this week’s Banbury Guardian.