Third homes plan in one year for Crouch Hill area

A map of Crouch Hill Farm NNL-140528-121302001
A map of Crouch Hill Farm NNL-140528-121302001

An area to the south of Banbury is the subject of a planning application for new homes for the third time in little over a year.

Barwood Developments is behind a proposed development of up to 400 homes west of Bloxham Road at Crouch Farm and is holding a public exhibition of the plans at Queensway School on June 5.

But Easington ward councillor Colin Blackwell said he would not support any further development outside the plans set out in Cherwell District Council’s Local Plan currently pending government approval.

Mr Blackwell said: “The plan is shortly to be approved and for me personally I only want to see the developments we’ve got planned in it and nothing else.

“I think we’ve got more than enough planned expansion and the plans we have should cover the housing need until 2031.”

Cherwell rejected an application from Gleeson Development Ltd to build 117 homes at nearby Crouch Hill Farm next to the Broughton Road in March this year after officers concluded that Crouch Hill, which has historic significance dating to Saxon times, is a non-designated heritage asset.

The council’s lead member for planning, Cllr Michael Gibbard, called the application a ‘sporadic and unplanned extension which encroaches into the open countryside’.

Banner Homes also has approval for 40 homes at land north of Crouch Hill Farn, adjoining Broughton Road which was granted in February this year.