Banbury industrial estate set for expansion

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MHBG-21-04-11 Cherwell District Council'Cherwell Distric Council Offices Bodicote. ENGNNL00120110415121525

Plans to extend an industrial estate in Banbury were green-lit by councillors yesterday (Thursday).

Members of Cherwell District Council’s (CDC) planning committee agranted planning permission for the erection of three industrial units on land opposite units 1-5, Wildmere Park at former plot ten on Wildmere Road in Banbury.

The three units will be incorporated in one block measuring 8.4 metres in height and 72 metres in length and will be used to provide business space for general industry and storage or distribution use.

Cllr Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “The proposals are consistent with our newly adopted Local Plan which states that employment development will be focused on existing employment sites. Furthermore, the National Planning Policy Framework, which guides councils on planning decisions, states authorities should support the provision of jobs and economic growth, as per this proposal.

“As the site is in an edge of-town location it supports our policy to retain and promote retail opportunities in the town centre and provide industrial and commercial on the outskirts. This ensures suitable job creation across all sectors while preserving the town centre for retail uses.”

The application was submitted by Apperly Estates Ltd to be built on land which is currently used an as informal HGV parking area. Access will be via an existing route adjacent to Brady Europe.

In granting planning permission, members added a condition stating work on the development must start within three years of yesterday’s committee meeting.