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Denchworth Road

Denchworth Road - Wantage - Oxfordshire

Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes have, subject to completion of the Section 106 Agreement, received Outline Planning Permission for a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Grove Airfield in Wantage.

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  • Overview

    Land off Denchworth Road

    Together with our partner developer Persimmon Homes, we have submitted, and received approval for, an outline planning application for a major mixed-use development of approximately 2,500 homes plus schools, a local centre, a community park and public open space on the site of the former Grove Airfield, off Denchworth Road, Wantage.

    The application was prepared following a period of extensive public engagement to give local people the opportunity to influence and comment upon the proposed scheme. This included a series of community workshops and exhibitions which took place between 2003 and 2007, and then a further public consultation event in June 2010 after our development masterplan had been refined.

    We submitted our planning application to Vale of White Horse District Council in February 2012 and the Resolution to Grant Permission was approved in December 2013.

  • About the site

    The Development Site

    Grove Landscape Plan 

    A landscape scheme illustrating how open spaces and wildlife habitats will be preserved

    The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 140 hectares (346 acres) and was formerly used as an airfield. It is identified in Vale of White Horse District Council’s Local Plan (2011) as a suitable site to meet the future housing needs of the area.

    The site is located immediately to the west of the Grove settlement area and about 1.2km to the north of Wantage town centre, with Grove Technology Park situated at its western boundary. The proposed scheme therefore provides an opportunity to provide new facilities and services within easy reach of existing residents of Grove.

    The northern and north-western boundaries of the site are bordered by open countryside, and there are opportunities to provide green links and wildlife corridors as part of the proposed development.

    The scheme has been designed to integrate successfully with the neighbouring urban and rural environments, with the characteristics of the land and its surroundings helping to influence the development masterplan. Key influences have been incorporated into our scheme in the following ways:

    • Direct connections with Grove established to make it easy for existing residents to reach the new facilities and green spaces


    • A new link road created to connect the north of the site with the A338 (following completion of the first 1,500 homes)


    • The lines of the former airfield runways preserved as routes and spaces within the scheme to retain a link with the site’s history


    • Existing trees and hedgerows along former field boundaries in the northern part of the site retained and a more recently established plantation at the centre of the site re-used as part of our development’s landscaping scheme


    • Areas of ecological importance protected


    • The southern section of the site (designated in Vale of White Horse District Council’s Local Plan as ‘Important Open Land’) preserved as green open space for informal recreation and wildlife habitat
  • What's proposed

    Our Proposals

    We have worked closely with Vale of White Horse District Council, Oxfordshire County Council and other statutory authorities to develop our proposals for the Grove Airfield site.

    Our proposed scheme has also been subjected to an extensive and thorough public consultation period. This began between 2003 and 2007 with the development of an initial concept scheme through a series of community workshops and exhibitions exploring how a major mixed-use development could work on this site.

    The masterplan which was drawn up as a result of this consultation was then tested and refined through further discussions with local authorities, and a revised masterplan was then presented to local people during a second consultation in June 2010.

    Feedback from this latest consultation was then taken into account as we drew up our final masterplan, which forms the basis of our outline planning application. Our scheme includes the following key elements:

    Grove Airfield DAS

    A plan showing the site and surrounding local area


    • About 2,500 new homes
    • A mix of 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom properties, including houses and apartments
    • Maximum building height of three storeys
    • Property designs in keeping with the heritage of the local area
    • Three residential character areas to ensure property designs and street layouts integrate successfully with immediate surroundings
    • All homes to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3

    Facilities and services

    • Two primary schools
    • Secondary school
    • Pre-school facilities
    • Community centre
    • Indoor community sports hall
    • Outdoor hard-surfaced sports pitch
    • Library
    • Local shops and retail services
    • Pub, cafe or wine bar
    • Small business premises

    Open spaces

    • Equipped and informal children’s play areas
    • Communal ‘civic spaces’ throughout the site
    • Public playing fields
    • 23-hectare community park
    • Landscaping and green ‘buffer zones’
    • Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) to manage surface water run-off and ensure flood risk is not increased either on or off the site
    • Areas of ecological importance preserved
    • Existing trees and hedgerow retained where possible
    • Green links and wildlife corridors connecting to surrounding rural landscape


    • Main access at the south of the site from Denchworth Road
    • Improvements to Denchworth Road to accommodate additional traffic
    • New Northern Link Road to A338 during later stages of development

    If our outline planning application is approved, we will develop detailed plans for the proposed scheme and submit separate detailed planning applications on a phase by phase basis. Each phase of the development will be subject to further pre-application public consultation.



  • Community

    Local Contributions

    The Section 106 Agreement will allow for contributions towards, or provision of a wide range of Community Benefits including:-

    2 Primary Schools

    Secondary School

    Community Facilities

    Sports and Playing Pitches

    Ecological Area

    Social and Welfare Contributions

    Improved Bus Services

  • Updates

    Development Timeline

    2003-2007 – Initial public consultation process

    June 2010 – Pre-application public consultation

    February 2012 – Outline planning application submitted       

    December 2013 – Resolution to Planning Granted subject to completion of The Section 106 Agreement

           Phase 1 application is currently being developed and will likely be submitted in September 2015