The Development Proposals
On 23rd May 2017, CALA Management Ltd and Mr Robinson and Ms Evins (the Applicants) submitted a planning application to West Oxfordshire District Council in connection with Land east of Stonesfield (LPA Ref.17/01670/FUL). The description of development, was as follows:
“Residential development consisting of 68 dwellings, public open space and new vehicular access on to Woodstock Road.”
It was a Full Planning Application and therefore includes full details of the site layout, appearance, access, scale and landscaping of the development.
The planning application was refused by the Council on 1st May 2018. The Applicants have decided to appeal to the Secretary of State against the decision and the appeal will be heard at a public inquiry, which will open on 2nd April 2019.
At the time of submission, the site was proposed to be allocated for housing in the then, emerging West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031. The background documents that had informed the draft site allocation indicted that provision should be made for additional landscaping on the eastern edge of the development. This was to mitigate any potential impacts on the landscape character of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Applicants submitted a plan to the Council and explained that they controlled other land to the east of the application which could be used to deliver the additional landscaping (click here to view plan). The Council had also been provided with the Landscape Strategy Plan (click here to view) which was submitted on 29th January 2018. It provided further detail on how that land could be landscaped to provide for the type and amount of buffer that the Council was looking for.
One of the Council’s Reasons for Refusal relates to the impact of the development on the AONB and the adequacy of the proposed landscaping. This will no doubt be debated at the inquiry. For the avoidance of any doubt, it should be noted that part of the Appellant’s case will be that they control sufficient land to the east of the appeal site to provide for a suitable landscape buffer. This will be secured by a planning condition or a Planning Legal Agreement.
Have Your Say
If any interested parties wish to make any comments on the proposed landscaping scheme, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make sure that any comments received are then shared with the LPA and the Inspector before the inquiry opens.