‘Sympathetic’ development in Chipping Norton met with support

Chipping Norton development land opposite the rugby club. NNL-161018-160249009
Chipping Norton development land opposite the rugby club. NNL-161018-160249009

A proposed development of 300 homes just outside Chipping Norton has received support from town councillors.

Developers Archstone have put together plans to build the homes alongside sports pitches, tennis courts, parking, community woodland and allotments, on 25 hectares of land to the west of Burford Road, opposite the rugby club.

It also includes improved pedestrian and cycle links to Greystones and the new recreation area.

Nine hectares of the site would be used for housing with the remainder set aside for recreation and landscaping.

It is on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

Jonathan Porter, planning director for Archstone said: “The community of Chipping Norton has recently completed its Neighbourhood Plan which is a credit to the town.

“Archstone hopes the community will now get behind our proposals to provide many benefits, including new recreation space which is an important objective of the Neighbourhood Plan.”

Archstone is already in the process of building around 200 homes on a neighbouring site.

The proposals comes after the recently published draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan identified Tank Farm as a potential site for up to 1,400 homes, which has not received support from Chipping Norton Town Council.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Chipping Norton mayor, Michael Tysoe, said although the council was aware the town needed to expand they were not prepared to be forced to take 1,400 homes.

He said: “We have approximately 3,000 houses in this town and a development of 1,400 homes will cause enormous problems.

“We as a council really are quite anti-Tank Farm, but very positive about Archstone because it is a large piece of land, but by the time they have put more interesting greenery on it, it will become a much greener site than it is at the moment.

“Added to that is the possibility of providing this town with some tennis courts and football fields to play on.

“This development is much more sympathetic to the area.

“It is a very green development with sports facilities. It will completely finish that edge of town off.”