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Greenwood Avenue, Chinnor

Land off Greenwood Avenue - Chinnor - Oxfordshire

Planning permission has now been granted for 80 new homes on land to the south of Greenwood Avenue, Chinnor.

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  • Overview

    Land off Greenwood Avenue

    We now have detailed planning permission for a residential development of 80 new homes with public open space on land to the south of Greenwood Avenue, Chinnor.

    This follows a pre-application public consultation which we held in the village in July 2013, giving local people the opportunity to find out more about our proposals for the site and provide their feedback.

  • About the site

    The development site


    Chinnor Accessibility Plan 
    Chinnor Accessibility Key

    Services and amenities accessible from the site.

    The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 3.44 hectares and is currently in agricultural use.

    It is contained on three sides by existing residential development, with housing along Greenwood Avenue backing on to the northern boundary and housing in Oak End Way and Greenwood Meadow situated to the east.  The Chinnor and Princes Risborough heritage railway line runs alongside the southern site boundary, and beyond this is a recent residential development at Old Kiln Lakes (the former Chinnor cement works).


    The proposed development site is in a sustainable location with good access to services and facilities. The local village centre is within 800m of the site and offers a range of amenities including shops, a post office, a GP surgery and a church. A Co-op supermarket is located about 400m away.

    The site is well placed to access public transport with two bus stops less than 400m away providing links to Thame, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Oxford and Princes Risborough. Allotments, playing fields, a recreation ground and countryside are all easily accessible from the site.

    Ecology and trees

    The site consists of an arable field with pockets of scrub and vegetation located mainly along the southern boundary. Studies have identified a population of slow-worms and grass snakes on the site while common bat species access the site for foraging. Special measures will be taken where necessary to ensure that existing wildlife species are protected and offered enhanced habitat opportunities.

    The tree population on site is limited and consists broadly of semi-mature trees and hedgerow, the majority of which are considered to be of low quality. Our proposals will seek to retain trees and hedgerow where possible, as well as introduce additional planting.


    Because it is well enclosed by existing residential development, views to and from the site are minimal to the north. Perimeter landscaping will be provided at the western and south-eastern boundaries  of the site, incorporating an existing wildlife corridor, to take account of views from these aspects. Our scheme is also being designed to respect the privacy and amenity of surrounding properties in all directions.

    Flood risk and drainage

    The site is located in Flood Zone 1 (lowest flood risk from rivers and other watercourses), and flood risk from overland flow, ditches, highways and sewers is also considered to be low. Surface water run-off will be managed through sustainable drainage measures such as soakaways and permeable paving.

  • What's proposed

    Our proposals

    Our proposal for the Greenwood Avenue scheme have been developed following a detailed site assessment and discussions with planning officers from South Oxfordshire District Council, and taking into account local planning policy and guidance.

    Initially, a number of potential design concepts were produced to illustrate possible development options for how housing, streets and open space could be arranged within the site. After assessing all options, a preferred design concept was developed and this formed the basis of the illustrative layout presented to the local community during our July 2013 public consultation.

    Currently, our proposed development as submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council comprises the following key elements:

    • 80 new homes
    • A mix of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom properties
    • Visually and physically well connected to surrounding area
    • Pedestrian-friendly, neighbourly environment
    • Easily accessible green spaces for residents and wildlife, including main public open space at western site boundary
    • Sufficient parking for all homes
    • Good-sized gardens

    Woodville Chinnor June

  • Community

    Local contributions

    As our outline planning application has been approved we will provide a number of contributions towards local facilities and infrastructure as part of the proposed development, in addition to those which are being provided as part of the scheme.

    These contributions are set out in the completed Section 106 Agreement, and the details are as follows:

    More than £750,000 for the local community including:

    • Over £600,000 towards primary and secondary education

    • Circa £80,000 towards public transport infrastructure

    • Circa £50,000 towards local sports facilities including football, cricket and tennis.

  • Updates

    News & Update

    • December 2015 – reserve matters application submitted to the council
    • October 2015 – outline application approved following appeal
    • August 2014 – outline application refused
    • March 2014 – outline application submitted
    • July 2013 - public consultation