Plans for one hundred and seventy-six new homes on a site to the east of the B4016 Lady Grove have been rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC). It’s a decision welcomed by Long Wittenham Parish Council who objected to the plans.
The Parish Council objected on the grounds that the development was not needed because of the neighbouring expansion of Ladygrove with eighteen hundred new homes, schools, shops and other facilities over the next ten years. The council was also concerned that, if allowed, the development would lead to more traffic through the village and place extra pressure on Clifton Hampden Bridge.
In the ruling, the district council’s head of planning, Adrian Duffield, said the development was not in keeping with the Local Plan for the district. It would also result in the generation of more traffic through a sensitive part of the road network, putting more pressure on Culham and Clifton Hampden bridges.
Parish Council chairman Gordon Rogers said: “Refusal of the Lady Grove development is a big relief. If allowed it would have seen another large area of land given over to housing and would duplicate what’s already underway at the neighbouring Ladygrove expansion. It would have added even more vehicles on to what is an already over-crowded road network”.
The planning application and the full text of the district council’s decision can be viewed on the SODC website: