Residents set to fight new home plan again

Residents of Westbeech Court in Banbury pictured when the first application was turned down by Cherwell District Council. But they are now fighting an updated proposal. Spokesman John Hatton is on the right. NNL-150526-165622009
Residents of Westbeech Court in Banbury pictured when the first application was turned down by Cherwell District Council. But they are now fighting an updated proposal. Spokesman John Hatton is on the right. NNL-150526-165622009

It might only be three houses, but residents in a quiet Banbury cul-de-sac are once again fighting against a proposal which they say will cause parking chaos.

Those living in Westbeech Court off West Bar had initially expressed their relief after a previous application by Beechfield Developers to build four properties was rejected by Cherwell District Council in May.

But their relief has now turned to despair as a resubmitted and updated application for three three-bedroom properties and associated parking on a garage block adjacent to 29 Westbeech Court has been re-submitted.

John Hatton lives in the cul-de-sac and fought valiantly along with other residents against the first application and said all the residents are ‘disappointed’ there is a new application to build homes on what is already a small cul-de-sac.

He said: “Naturally everybody living here is disappointed. A lot of the elderly residents are depressed because of this as one or two of them have carers that visit them and park their cars outside their homes so it is just going to make it really difficult to find any more car parking spaces.

“The cul-de-sac is already very tight, there are not that many car parking spaces and two flats here are up for sale so it is going to be ridiculous if any more cars come down here.”

Cherwell District Council refused the initial proposal because of overdevelopment on the site and that the application would be overdominnt with the Westbeech Court street scene.

Councillors agreed at the meeting back in May that although the development of land for housing was acceptable in principle, too many properties had been proposed in a small space.

The new application will now see three two-storey houses on the new development, with the site being 25 per cent smaller than the previous proposal which was refused.

The houses have been designed with ‘hipped’ roofs to matching the surrounding houses in Westbeech Court, and all have private gardens.

Other concerns from residents living in Westbeech Court and neighbouring Beechfield House though included the danger of vehicles using the kerbs to gain access down the road.

Mr Hatton said residents will keep up their fight against the new development, with some already commenting on the plans on Cherwell District Council’s website.

He added: “This development is just not viable and the cul-de-sac cannot cope with any more homes. We can see the tightness of the roads and the refuse lorry and in some cases even ambulances have to reverse down the road to get here.

“It is very dangerous and the thought of more cars potentially coming down this road would make it really difficult for residents.”

Norman White of Beechfield Developers said: “Firstly we acknowledge and respect the reasons for the refusal of previous application. This has resulted in our new application for a development 25 per cent smaller than previous, for just three units.

“Working closely with the planners we have addressed the three main reasons for refusal to produce a complimentary low density high quality scheme that now sits perfectly in the Westbeech Court landscape. We fully respect the residents’ views, and trust this new scheme will alleviate their previous concerns.”