Since 2012, the village has been subjected to a number of speculative planning applications by developers keen to take advantage of the fact that Vale of White Horse District Council does not yet have an up-to-date Local Plan in force and has been unable to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply.
This information is intended to provide you with a summary of major planning applications within the parish. For full details of any application, information on how to comment and the associated deadlines, please use the reference number quoted below to find the application within the District Council's Planning Portal, which can be found here. Whilst we will endeavour to ensure that the information presented here is accurate, the only official source for any planning application is the District Council's Planning Portal.
Outline application for the erection of 20 new dwellings, Bow Farm, Bow Road.
Despite strong local opposition to this extended scheme, the District Council did not believe that they could demonstrate that it would cause "significant and demonstrable harm" and therefore the application was allowed.
The Parish Council has managed to secure a new footpath, as part of this scheme.
Erection of 18 new dwellings, Penstones Farm, Horsecroft.
The District Council refused this application, following representation from both the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee (NPSC). Again, the developer took the decision to appeal, and despite written evidence being submitted from both the Parish Council and NPSC, the appeal was allowed, in light of a lack of 5 year housing land supply.
Erection of 17 new dwellings, Bow Farm, Bow Road. Outline Application.
Despite local opposition, this application was approved by the District Council
Erection of 73 new dwellings, land west of Faringdon Road.
After significant local opposition, the initial application was refused by the District Council. The developer took the decision to appeal, and the Parish Council, assisted by local residents set out a strong case at the Public Inquiry. Unfortunately, the Inspector ruled in favour of the developer, as the harm, in his opinion, did not outweigh the gain in light of a lack of a 5 year housing land supply.
The Parish Council has secured significant S106 contributions towards village facilities from this scheme.