Planning Application Details

P20/S1577/OApplication Type: Outline (Show Map - opens in new window)
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Description
Outline application for up to 176 dwellings including public open space comprising a country park, a LEAP and additional Green Infrastructure provision with all matters reserved other than access. (As per amended information received 19 May 2020 and 23 July 2020, and clarified by additional information received 17 June 2020, 13 July 2020, 27 August 2020 and 18 September 2020)
Location
Land at Lady Grove Didcot OX11 9BP
Grid Reference
454095/191194
Applicant
Manor Oak Homes
c/o agent
Colworth Science Park
Sharnbrook
Bedfordshire
MK44 1LQ
Agent
Armstrong Rigg Planning (ARP)
The Exchange
Colworth Science Park
Sharnbrook
Bedfordshire
MK44 1LZ
Phone: 01234 867135

Email: geoff.armstrong@arplanning.co.uk
Case Officer
Emma Bowerman
Telephone: 01235 422600
Email: planning@southoxon.gov.uk
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Consultation / Notification
No further Representations on this application will be accepted.

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Name / Number
Date Sent
Response Date
Scanned Response
 
Air Quality
18 05 2020
16 06 2020
 
Contaminated Land
18 05 2020
02 06 2020
 
Countryside Officer(South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse)
22 09 2020
05 10 2020
 
Didcot Garden Town Team
07 10 2020
22 06 2020
 
Didcot Town Council
Council Offices
Britwell Road
DIDCOT
Oxon
OX11 7JN
07 10 2020
10 06 2020
 
Drainage - (South&Vale)
07 10 2020
10 06 2020
 
Env. Protection Team
04 08 2020
05 08 2020
 
Environment Agency
07 10 2020
21 05 2020
 
Forestry Officer (South Oxfordshire District Council)
07 10 2020
10 09 2020
 
Housing Development
07 10 2020
21 08 2020
 
Landscape Architect - Vale
07 10 2020
14 09 2020
 
Long Wittenham Parish Council
c/o Martin Elliff
The Old Stables
Fieldside
Long Wittenham
OX14 4RG
07 10 2020
05 06 2020
 
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
07 10 2020
29 06 2020
 
Oxfordshire County Council Single Response
07 10 2020
18 09 2020
 
SGN Plant Protection Team
18 05 2020
18 05 2020
 
South Moreton Parish Council
Lucy Dalby
76 Evenlode Drive
Didcot
OX11 7XQ
07 10 2020
10 06 2020
 
Thames Water Development Control
07 10 2020
08 06 2020
 
Urban Design Officer (South Oxon & Vale of White Horse DC)
07 10 2020
29 07 2020
 
Waste Management Officer (District Council)
07 10 2020
20 05 2020
 
184 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
07 10 2020
27 07 2020
 
consulted by email
07 10 2020
01 06 2020
 
South Oxfordshire District of CPRE
c/o CPRE Oxfordshire
20 High Street
Watlington
Watlington
OX49 5PY
26 05 2020
 
164 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
166 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
168 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
170 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
174 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
176 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
178 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
180 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
182 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
186 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
Hadden Hill Golf Club
Hadden Hill
North Moreton
Didcot
OX11 9BJ
18 05 2020
 
Ladygrove Farm
Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BS
18 05 2020
 
The Golf Shop
Hadden Hill Golf Club
Hadden Hill
North Moreton
Didcot
OX11 9BJ
18 05 2020
 
The Jaam Jar
188 Abingdon Road
Didcot
OX11 9BP
18 05 2020
 
Application Type
Major (Outline)
Application Progress
Date Received  
6th May 2020
Registration Date  
6th May 2020
Start Consultation Period  
18th May 2020
End Consultation Period  
28th July 2020
Target Decision Date  
6th October 2020
Decision
Refusal of Outline Planning Permission on 6th October 2020
Conditions / Refusal Reasons
The proposed development fails to accord with the strategy for new housing set out in the development plan. The application site is not a site allocated for development and would not constitute infill development. As such, it does not fall within one of the categories where development is acceptable and is contrary to policies CSS1 and CSDID3 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy and policies STRAT1, STRAT3, H1 and H3 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

The proposed development would intrude into an area of open countryside beyond the edge of the built-up limits of Didcot and would harm the role the site performs as a transition between the existing edge of Didcot and the landscape beyond. The proposal would fail to protect and enhance a valued landscape and would be harmful to the setting of this part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As such, the development is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework, particularly paragraph 170, and policy CSEN1 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, policies G2 and G4 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policy ENV1 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

It has not been demonstrated that the proposed development would not threaten the health and longevity of a large number of trees on the site that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order and are of significant arboricultural value. The trees on the site make a very positive contribution to the character of the landscape and are a significant constraint to development. The loss of these trees would be harmful to the character and appearance of the site and its surroundings and as such, the development is contrary to, policy CSEN1 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, policies G2 and C9 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policy ENV1 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

It has not been demonstrated that a proposal of appropriate design quality could be delivered on the site, and the council is not satisfied that the concept masterplan and the parameter plans are appropriate to inform a Reserved Matters application for the delivery of up to 176 homes. The proposal has failed to demonstrate how it would positively contribute to the Didcot Garden Town Masterplan Principles and enhance the character of the site and surrounding area. As such, the proposal is contrary to policy CSQ3 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, policy D1 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policies STRAT3, DES1, DES2, DES3 and DES4 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034. As stated at paragraph 130 of the National Planning Policy Framework, permission should be refused for development of poor design that fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area.

Insufficient information has been submitted to make an informed and reasoned decision on the impact of the development on archaeology. Based on the information submitted, it is not possible to define the character and extent of archaeological remains at the application site or identify potential options for minimising or avoiding damage to archaeology. As such, the proposal is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework, particularly paragraph 189, and policy CSEN3 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, policies CON12 and CON13 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policy ENV9 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

The proposed development would not be served by an access of an appropriate design and it would not be satisfactory in terms of highway safety. As such, the proposal is contrary to paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Guidance, policy T1 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policy TRANS5 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

The proposed development would result in the generation of vehicular trips through a sensitive part of the highway network at the Culham bridge and Clifton Hampden bridge river crossings. The local highway authority has confirmed that the road network cannot accommodate the traffic arising from the development and will therefore cause safety, congestion and environmental problems. Any new trips would create traffic congestion during peak periods. As such, the traffic impact of this development would be unacceptable and would meet the NPPF criteria of 'severe harm' and therefore justify refusal of planning permission. As such, the proposal is contrary to paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework, policy 02 of the Oxfordshire Local Transport Plan, policy CSM2 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, policy T1 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policy TRANS5 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

In the absence of a completed Section 106 legal agreement, the proposal fails to secure affordable housing to meet the needs of the district. As such, the development is contrary to the NPPF, policy CSH3 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy and policy H9 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.

In the absence of a completed Section 106 legal agreement, the proposal fails to secure infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the development. As such, the development is contrary to the NPPF, policies CSI1 and CSM2 of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy, policies T1, D10, D12, R2 and R6 of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011 and policies INF1, TRANS1b, TRANS2, ENV5 and CF5 of the Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034.
Appeal
No appeal lodged.
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