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Major Banbury housing development backed

Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

Cherwell District Council planning committee recommend approval for a proposed 1,000 home development in Banbury...

Cherwell District Council planning committee announced last week it was minded to approve plans from Gallagher Homes for a 1,000-dwelling new neighbourhood on 52-hectares of farmland adjoining Salt Way in Banbury.

The Oxfordshire planning authority has sent a report to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid recommending the project should go-head.

Councillor Colin Clarke, Cherwell's lead member for planning, said: "Mr Javid has been afforded the opportunity to potentially call-in the application and make the final decision on whether it should be approved.”

The application involves up to 1,000 two-storey homes of one to five bedrooms, of which 30 per cent would comprise one, two and three-bedroom affordable housing.

The scheme also involves proposals for a new primary school, community centre and the transfer of existing school fields. In addition, there would be a local centre comprising amenities such as a doctors' surgery and nursery as well as café, retail and takeaway units. New local play areas as well as three adult football pitches are proposed.

The site primarily comprises agricultural land and borders Salt Way to the north, the A361 Bloxham Road to the west, Wykham Lane to the south and Banbury Cricket Ground to the east.

It would abet a 145 home scheme currently under construction off Bloxham Road and 280 new homes west of the Banbury Cricket Club playing field which were also approved last week. In total some 1,415 homes are due to be delivered in three developments across the site as outlined in the adopted local plan.

Roger Milne