01 June 2017
At the beginning of March, a resolution to grant was received for 187 new homes in Benson, Oxfordshire. The final proposal is a reworking of an earlier scheme which was granted on appeal for 159 dwellings. The team worked with the Parish Council to address comments on the layout and design, and also undertook significant negotiations with officers at South Oxfordshire District Council. In the end, the region has produced an attractive and sustainable development of 1 to 5 bedroom properties, and will invest over £2 million in improving the area by way of a ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ payment.
Its second successful scheme is in Drayton, which is south of Abingdon in Oxfordshire, and will deliver 58 1 to 4 bedroom homes designed around a vibrant 3.6 acre village green at the heart of the development. The site, known as Manor Farm, sits within the Drayton Conservation Area, and has long been recognised as an important, yet inaccessible green space. Although allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan, the region had to consult closely with the Parish and District Council to ensure the access to the site and village green – two linchpins of the plan – met the expectations of both parties.
Andrew Aldridge, Land Director, comments: “We’re delighted to have received a resolution to grant on these sites. It’s is a great achievement by the team and testament to their hard work and determination. Ultimately, the respective District Councils recognised that we have created attractive and sustainable developments, which will be an asset to these villages. Looking forward, we have a number of committee dates coming up over the next quarter, including for our schemes in Hungerford and Wingrave, so long may our success continue!”
For Land sales enquiries, contact Duncan Klitgaard or Andrew Aldridge on 01628 552 300.