Village set for more homes after inspector approval

Councillor Michael Gibbard
Councillor Michael Gibbard

Sixty new homes will be built in Bloxham after a planning inspector upheld an appeal to develop a new site in the village.

Cherwell District Council refused plans by Miller Strategic Land to build homes on Tadmarton Road, together with associated amenity space, community parkland and additional parking for Bloxham Primary School last year.

But at a four-day public inquiry in March, inspector Gloria McFarlane referred to the council’s lack of a five-year housing supply and said the adverse impact of the development would need to significantly outweigh the benefits.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “It is incredibly disappointing for both us and the residents of Bloxham to have our opinions repeatedly disregarded. While we do acknowledge there is a shortfall in the future housing supply, consideration should be given to homes and residents we already have.”

Both district and parish councils raised concerns over the impact of the development on the existing countryside and village, and as part of the conditions of approval, Miller Strategic Land will be required to make financial contributions to amenities.