On 6 July Pye Homes lodged an appeal with the Bristol based Planning Inspectorate against the decision of West Oxfordshire District Council’s Uplands Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for 169 new homes on Land South of Witney Road. We believe that Blenheim Palace are flying in the face of the overwhelming opinion of our Elected Councillors and local residents in not choosing to respect this decision. As a reminder, on 2 March 2015 our Council carefully considered the application before coming to the unanimous conclusion that this is not a suitable location for development (see the decision notice from the Head of Planning at WODC). As such, along with the planning appeal officers of WODC and our Parish Council, HAG will continue to resist unsustainable development in Hanborough and will be working alongside both parties to ensure that this appeal is dismissed by the Planning Inspector. We anticipate first sight of the appeal documents lodged by Pye Homes in early September.
On other matters HAG are still gathering information regarding a proposal from Commercial Estates Group to build 150 new homes, create 400 new car parking spaces, and relocate our Surgery to the outer edge of the village adjacent to Hanborough Railway Station. No planning application has been made at the time of writing, but it is expected to be received within the next few weeks at council offices. Once we are in receipt of the detailed proposals we will be better placed to come to a more informed decision on the merits or otherwise of this scheme. In the meantime we remind residents that any comments or feedback sent to the developers are NOT considered by the Council in determining this application, and would therefore strongly advise you that if you have any views these should be sent directly to WODC once the formal planning application is lodged.