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Land at Woodstock Road

Land at Woodstock Road - Witney - Oxfordshire

We have now submitted proposals for a new residential development of up to 200 homes on land at Woodstock Road, Witney.

  • Land at Woodstock Road, Witney

    We have now submitted proposals for a residential development of up to 200 homes on land at Woodstock Road, Witney. Approximately 40% of the homes would be made available as affordable housing.

    We held a public consultation event detailing our proposals on 21st July 2014, with a follow-up consultation event on 6th September.

    You can download the exhibition boards which were presented at the event on 6th September by clicking here.

    Comments received during the consultation period have been considered carefully in finalising the Outline Planning application which was submitted in October. We are currently awaiting responses from the Council following its own public consultation process to the planning application which commenced in November.  



     

     


  • The development site

    The proposed development site covers a total area of approximately 17 acres (7 hectares) and is located between New Yatt Road and Woodstock Road.

    The site is bordered by open space to the north and by existing residential properties to the east, south and west.

    Planning policy

    The site has been identified by the council as a “preferred site” for housing development which is capable of accommodating around 180 to 200 homes.

    West Oxfordshire District Council, in its housing consultation report, identified that the site has few constraints and can come forward in the short term, subject to transport considerations. It also identified that the site would significantly boost the council’s housing land supply in the short term.

    To view the local authority's cabinet report on housing numbers click here.

    Transport links

    The site benefits from excellent bus links, including the S1 and S2 bus routes to Oxford and the route 242 bus service to Hanborough railway station, which runs along New Yatt Road on the site’s northern boundary. The route 11 service to Oxford via Eynsham runs along Woodstock Road on the site’s southern boundary.

    Local amenities

    The site is within walking and cycling distance of local primary and secondary schools and Witney town centre. New footpaths and cycleways will be provided where possible to integrate the new development with local networks.

    Landscape

    The site is currently agricultural land but is adjacent to existing homes, creating a sense of association with the town. The Witney Landscape Assessment concluded that the site is an “edge of town area”. The site is visible from Woodstock Road and New Yatt Road, with a long-distance view visible from North Leigh.

    The site features hedgerow boundaries alongside New Yatt Road and Witney Road, but the interior is agricultural land with no notable landscape features.

    The proposed development presents the opportunity to complete the gateway into Witney Road, partially represented by Harvest Way to the east, across Woodstock Road.

    Additional tree planting will be carried out on access roads into the new development and along its boundaries. Reinforcement of existing hedgerows will also be carried out to link with maturing woodland features off Madley Brook Lane to the north-east of the site. These new features will deliver landscape and ecological beneļ¬ts and enhance the views of the site from Woodstock Road and New Yatt Road.

    Ecology 

    There are no designated nature conservation sites within or near to the site. Surveys have confirmed that the ecological interest at the site is very limited and is largely confined to the boundary hedgerows.

    It is likely that a small range of birds would use the hedgerows for nesting and foraging. Surveys are being carried out to establish whether bats forage along the hedgerows and whether reptiles are present in the field margins.

    New hedgerow and tree planting accompanied by sensitive lighting design will ensure that the site’s ecological value is maintained and enhanced.

    Heritage

    The remains of three undesignated burial mounds were found on the site during archaeological investigation work. In consultation with the local authority’s archaeological advisor, it has been established that these finds do not inhibit the development of the site. A strategy is currently being negotiated with Oxfordshire County Council to establish the most appropriate method to mitigate these archaeological finds.

    Surface Water Drainage

    Ground investigations indicate that infiltration drainage is achievable; the proposals also store surface water on-site through use of a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS).

  • Our proposals

     

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    Our development masterplan (click to enlarge)

    Under our proposals, we would provide a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes. Approximately 40% of the homes would be made available as affordable housing.

    On the right is our masterplan for the site, which shows where we think the new homes, roads, pedestrian and cycle links and open spaces could be located. 

    Access

    Access to the new development would be taken via new junctions with New Yatt Road to the north of the site and Woodstock Road to the south. The layout of roads within the development will enable easy access by delivery and refuse vehicles.

    Car parking

    Car parking for the new development will be provided in accordance with Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council standards.


  • News and updates

    4th November 2014 - Planning application registered by West Oxfordshire District Council, reference 14/01671/OUT 

    20th September 2014 - Deadline for submitting feedback on our proposals.

    6th September 2014 - Second public consultation event held at The King's School, New Yatt Road, Witney, OX29 6TA

    21st July 2014 - First public consultation held at the Methodist Church, High Street Witney.