Plan to build more houses on village site turned down

Land behind Gaveston Gardens, Deddington, where 95 homes are planned. NNL-160216-173154009
Land behind Gaveston Gardens, Deddington, where 95 homes are planned. NNL-160216-173154009

A controversial plan to increase the density of a housing development in Deddington has been rejected by councillors.

Last Thursday, Cherwell District Council’s planning committee turned down an application from David Wilson Homes to add an extra ten houses to a development planned on land north of Gaveston Gardens and to the rear of Manor Farm, Banbury Road.

Planning permission had already been granted in 2013 for 85 houses, parking, public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure. That application was opposed by villagers and refused by Cherwell District Council but granted on appeal by a Government planning inspector.

Deddington residents were further angered in February this year when it was revealed the developer wanted to add ten more houses to the plot, raising concerns over increased traffic on unsuitable roads, drainage and increased pressure on the village’s services, especially health and schools.

CDC’s planning officers had recommended the scheme be approved but councillors chose to go against their advice.

Cllr Colin Clarke, lead member for planning, said: “The applicant has previously been granted permission to build 85 houses on this site. The additional 14 dwellings would have been a tight fit, and were considered to be out of keeping with the local setting. The proposal would have made the site around twice the density of the neighbouring Gaveston Gardens development.

“Central government requires us to supply a certain number of homes every year, and we are successfully meeting those targets. That means that we are in a strong position to resist proposals that are out of character with the district’s rural communities.”

Cllr Clarke continued, “We will continue to be supportive of balanced additions to the housing supply in district villages, provided they fit well with the traditional character of existing communities.”