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Bloxham

Milton Road - Bloxham - Oxfordshire

We are currently preparing proposals for a new residential development in Bloxham, Oxfordshire.

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  • Land north of Milton Road, Bloxham

    We are currently preparing proposals for a new residential development of 37 high-quality homes on land to the north of Milton Road, Bloxham.

    Our scheme will predominantly comprise detached homes but will also include some affordable properties for local people in housing need.

    The proposed development will include areas of public open space for the benefit of new and current local residents, and vehicle access will be taken from Collins Drive off Milton Road.

    As a responsible, considerate developer, we strive to ensure that local people are kept fully informed of proposals which affect their community – and to give them an opportunity to comment on our scheme so we can respond positively to local feedback.

    We held a public consultation event at Jubilee Park Hall in Barley Close, Bloxham, on Monday 8 September to give local residents and other stakeholders the chance to find out more about our proposals.

    Further details of our emerging scheme are provided on this website, and you can view the information boards which were displayed at the consultation event by clicking here.

    The public consultation period for our proposed development has now ended. All of the comments we have received will now be taken into consideration as we finalise our scheme ahead of submitting a planning application to Cherwell District Council in due course.

  • The proposed development site

    The proposed development site covers an area of 8.13 acres and is currently in agricultural use.

    The site is bordered by existing homes in Barford Road, Church Street and Bradford Court to the west, and by properties in Milton Road to the south – some of which are separated from the site by a disused railway cutting.

    A recent development lies to the south-east of the site and we are proposing to take access to the new homes from this location.

    Site considerations

    Before we start designing a new scheme, we complete an assessment of the site and the surrounding area as they are at the moment.

    We record those features we will need to take into account in our design. All of the relevant considerations, whether they fix the way our scheme will have to be designed or give us a real opportunity to make the most of a particular feature, are shown here.

    Bloxham Cons  Opps

    Flood risk and drainage
    As the site is currently undeveloped, existing rates of surface water run-off will need to be maintained (known as greenfield run-off rates) post development. This is in line with the current National Planning Policy Framework, and the proposals will be designed in consultation with the lead local flood authority and the Environment Agency.

    Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be used where possible in order to mimic the natural surface water drainage of the site prior to development. This is likely to involve a connection to existing Thames Water systems with flow rates limited to greenfield run-off rates.

    Foul water drainage will be connected to the Thames Water system, and consultation is currently ongoing with regard to acceptable flow rates.

    Landscape
    A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment has been carried out to identify the potential landscape and visual sensitivities of the site and its surrounding area. The findings of the field appraisal have informed the design layout, as illustrated on the plan shown above, and key findings are as follows:

    • The site is well related to the existing settlement edge as it is partially encircled by existing development.
    • Views from nearby Public Rights of Way experience the site as a small field with overlooking development.
    • Views out to the wider landscape are limited only from the north-eastern portion of the site where a localised valley provides – but also closes down – such views.
    • St. Mary’s Church is a local landmark. Its spire creates a legible feature seen from some parts of the right of way passing through the site.
    • The eastern boundary of the site benefits from tall hedgerows with mature hedgerow trees to create a distinct semi-natural boundary to the site. 

    Ecology
    An ecological appraisal has found that the majority of the site has low ecological value based on its current management; however, boundary hedgerows are of ecological interest and these would be sympathetically retained as part of our development. This would retain key green corridors across the site for wildlife.

    The results of the ecology surveys undertaken have been used to inform mitigation and enhancement measures to ensure that the development would not harm local biodiversity, but would provide an enhancement.

    Trees
    An assessment of trees and hedgerow within the site has been carried out. This assessment highlighted the presence of predominantly semi-mature tree stock with the highest quality (Category A) trees being limited to the site’s southern and eastern boundaries and the remaining groups of trees found to be of B, C and U categories. Collectively, the trees contribute towards containment of the site and, where possible, will be retained and incorporated into a sensitively-designed layout.

    Archaeology
    An archaeological assessment of the site has been carried out and further investigation of the potential for the site to contain buried archaeology will take place in the near future. The results of this archaeological work will allow an informed decision to be made as to whether buried archaeology is present and if archaeological mitigation works will be required.

    Access to local amenities
    The nearest shop, a Costcutter, is just 280m from the site, and the closest primary school is 850m away, representing a 10-minute walk. The position of the proposed development therefore lends itself well to residents adopting walking as a frequent mode of travel, and the proximity of bus stops allows future residents to choose this method of travel to Banbury.

    Bloxham Amenities

    Local amenities and transport connections in Bloxham.

    The site is also well situated for travel by bicycle, with direct access to National Route 5 which runs through the village and along Barford Road. This route offers a good cycle connection from the site to Banbury, including its railway station. Further afield, NRN5 connects Reading with the Midlands. Local amenities and transport connections are illustrated in the plan pictured right.

    Traffic
    The national trip-generation database, TRICS, has been used to calculate expected traffic movements from the proposed development.

    It has been determined that the development will generate around 18 two-way trips during each of the morning and evening weekday peak hours. The largest number of movements in any one direction will be 12 vehicles leaving the site between 8am and 9am. Even if all vehicles travelled in the same direction this would represent an average of one additional vehicle every five minutes; however, it is likely that this number would be spread across the local highway network.

    It is understood that the mini-roundabout at the southern end of the village suffers congestion during the peak hours, but the level of traffic which will be generated by the development will not trigger a material change in its operation.

    Detailed junction analyses are to be undertaken for all key junctions in the vicinity of the site. This analysis will include traffic which is likely to be generated by other local development for which planning permission has already been granted.

    A Travel Plan is to be produced which will help to reduce vehicular trips even further by encouraging non-car modes of travel wherever possible.

  • Our proposed development scheme

    The image below shows an initial layout masterplan for our proposed development. It is intended as a general guide to show how the properties, open space and internal roads could be arranged.

    This layout is not final and certain elements could be changed in our planning application, depending on the comments we receive during the public consultation and future discussions with the local authority.

     Bloxham Planning Layout Rev K 

    Our proposed layout masterplan for land north of Milton Road.

    New homes
    Our proposed development includes a mixture of housing, comprising predominantly detached homes plus a small number of semi-detached and terraced properties. The proposed new homes will be traditional in design and in keeping with neighbouring residential areas, as illustrated in the image pictured below right.

    Bloxham Housetype

    An example of a typical Taylor Wimpey home.

    Affordable housing
    30% of the new homes in our proposed development will be provided as affordable housing. Affordable housing provision is likely to include a mixture of two, three, and four-bedroom homes to be made available for social rent and shared ownership through a local housing association.

    Parking provision
    Residents’ car parking within our proposed development will largely take the form of garages and driveways, with a limited number of on-street parking spaces provided for visitors. Parking provision will be in line with Oxfordshire County Council’s adopted parking standards as stated in ‘Transport for New Developments: Parking Standards for New Residential Developments’.

    Access junction
    Vehicle access to the development is proposed via an extension to Collins Drive, a recent residential development located to the south-east of the site.

    Road layout
    The internal road layout will comprise one primary road running from Collins Drive to the centre of the site. This will branch off into private driveways and cul-de-sacs.

    Landscaping and open space
    An area of public open space is proposed for the eastern and western edges of the development to provide opportunities for informal recreation for the new residents. There will also be new tree planting and landscaping.

    Pedestrian links
    Our proposed development provides four separate access points for pedestrians:

    • Alongside the main vehicle access to the site off Collins Road.
    • A link to the adjoining field and existing Public Right of Way to provide a pleasant route to the village centre, emerging by Bloxham Museum.
    • Via the western boundary of the site which leads to the junction of the A361 and Barford Road and from there to the nearest bus stops.
    • Pedestrian/cycle route at the south-western corner of the site to connect with Barford Road.

    Local facilities and infrastructure
    Should our planning application be approved, we will provide a number of contributions towards the local community as part of the proposed development. Details of these would be agreed with the relevant authorities at a later stage.

  • News and Updates

    8th September 2014 - Public exhibition held at Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, Bloxham

    February 2015 - Full Planning Application submitted

    May 2015 - Anticipated Planning Decision date