Plans to build up to 46 homes on Bodicote Flyover Farm Shop and the surrounding land are recommended for approval despite concerns about the village becoming part of Banbury.
Developers want to develop part of the land at Tappers Farm on White Post Road with a section to the north left as open space.
Bodicote Parish Council, Banbury Civic Society and Campaign to Protect Rural England oppose the scheme, plus six letters of objection, with concerns about traffic, conservation and the coalescence of the two settlements.
But Cherwell District Council’s planning officer believes the scheme would be acceptable as developments at Longford Park and Salt Way have ‘blurred’ the division, according to a report released today (Thursday, October 18).
“The proposals would ensure that development is focused within the most sustainable locations, is of an appropriate scale, is supported by services and facilities and does not exacerbate travel patterns that are overly reliant on the private car,” the report says.
“The development would make a valuable contribution to housing delivery (including affordable housing) and is not considered to conflict with the Council’s spatial strategy or the principles of Policy Villages 1 and 2.
“There would also be some economic benefit in the support of construction jobs and spending in the area that future residents would bring about.
“The provision of areas of public open space for the whole community would also be a benefit, as would any resultant ecological enhancements.”
Also among the applications to be discussed are plans to build an apartment block on the caravan park by Banbury railway station, floodlights at Dewey Sports Centre in Bloxham and 1,500 homes in Bicester.
The district council’s planning committee will make the decision at a meeting next Thursday (October 25).