We are preparing an outline planning application for a residential development of new homes at Hagbourne Fields.
As a considerate and responsible developer, we strive to ensure that local people, businesses and community groups are kept fully informed of our proposals – and give them every opportunity to comment on our plans so we can respond positively to local views.
We have therefore invited residents to view our proposals and tell us what they think before finalising our plans.
Our public exhibition was held at The Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, on Thursday 9th November from 1pm to 8pm, when visitors were able to view our emerging proposals, speak to experts from our project team, ask questions and provide us with feedback on the scheme.
The comments we receive from local residents will help us to refine our emerging plans before we finalise and submit a detailed planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council.
You can see the exhibition boards displayed at the event by clicking here. If you have any further comments or queries then please contact email@example.com.
Proposed changes as a result of community consultation
After carefully assessing comments from the public exhibition held in November we have decided to change various aspects of the Hagbourne Fields scheme.
Reduction in number of homes
We are reducing the overall number of homes – the initial plans which were on display at the public exhibition were for up to 1,050 homes, however we now intend to submit a planning application for 903 homes.
Coalescence and open space
One theme which was referenced throughout the exhibition related to concerns of coalescence and loss of open space. We have decided to reduce the size of the Hagbourne Fields site, setting the development back from Park Road and removing significant acreage from the original plans (located at the South East of the site). This will increase the separation between Hagbourne Fields, Coscote, East Hagbourne and West Hagbourne in comparison with the previous proposals while maintaining a more open setting.
Traffic and access
In order to address concerns relating to additional traffic passing through West and East Hagbourne we have amended the Hagbourne Fields spine road access point at the junction with Park Road. The access point will be a T-junction, set slightly further back than the original access point and will be a priority access through Hagbourne Fields, this will encourage drivers to link into Valley Park and the Harwell Bypass, rather than travelling through the villages.
A number of representations made reference to a lack of community facilities in the original plans. We will be submitting a planning application which includes the provision of additional community facilities within a local centre. This will include a local shop and a 60 bed retirement home, allowing Hagbourne Fields to be more self-sufficient.
In addition, we have also now identified the location of the formal open space / sports pavilion and how this integrates with the Valley Park development.