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Outline Planning permission granted for Church Road development

On Monday 27th April the WODC Uplands planning sub-committee voted to support the planning officers recommendation and approved the revised application for outline planning permission to build 50 dwellings on land east of Church Road, Long Hanborough. The minutes of the committee meeting can be found here.

The committee voted 6 in favour with 3 abstentions and 1 against approval. 3 councillors were absent and none chose to arrange for a substitute in their absence. Among the absentees was our own local councillor Toby Morris, resident of Witney, though  he did e-mail the Chair of the sub-committee recommending approval of the application.

A(nother) date for your Diaries: Monday 27th April – Uplands Planning sub-committee meeting

It has been confirmed that  the revised application from Corpus Christi/Savills  for development on Church Road (14/1102/P/OP) will be heard at the next Uplands Planning sub-Committee on Monday 27th April.

The Planning Officer is once again recommending to the committee that the development in Church Road should be APPROVED.

Read the planning officers report here.

The meeting will be at:

2 p.m. Monday 27th April, Committee Room 1, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney

We broke all records with the attendance on the 2nd March,  demonstrating  how much Hanborough cares about its future. It’s important that we once again have a good turnout if we want the decision makers to understand the strength of feeling.

Update – 28th March 2015

Corpus Christi College Application

The Corpus Christi College application to build 64 new dwellings on Church Road was deferred at the last meeting of the Uplands Planning sub-committee. It has now been confirmed that this application is not on the agenda for the next meeting of the committee (30th March) which means that the earliest this will now be heard is Monday 27th April.

*** Trivia question “How much, to the nearest million, are the assets of the charity “Corpus Christi College” worth?”. Those that were present at the last meeting of the planning sub-committee may recall that the bursar of Corpus Christi College, John Harrison, was asked this question by one of the councillors. He declined to answer, but their last annual return, available on the Charity Commission website, gives some clues(!)***

Blenheim Estate Application

The Blenheim Estate application to build 169 dwellings on the Witney Road  was unanimously refused by the Uplands Planning sub-committee at their meeting on the 2nd of March. However, despite the committee’s decision and the overwhelming demonstration of local support for the decision, Blenheim Estate have refused to rule out an appeal. In their latest press release they state  “Pye Homes and the Blenheim Estate are considering their next steps.“. You can read their full statement here.

Planning sub-committee minutes

The minutes of the Uplands planning sub-committee meeting on the 2nd March 2015 and Appendices are now available.

Uplands Planning sub-committee decisions 02/03/15

This afternoon the West Oxfordshire District Council Uplands Area Planning Sub-committee met to decide the future of 2 planning applications that impact on the village of Long Hanborough.

Thank you to all who attended this meeting. c.160 members of the public were in attendance, breaking all previous records(!) and leaving Councillors, planning officers  and the developers in no doubt about the strength of local feeling.

The decisions of the Committee were as follows:

In the case of planning application 14/1102/P/OP the erection of up to 64 dwellings, public open space and ancillary enabling works together with access from Church Road on land to the East of Church Road, Long Hanborough. Submitted by Savills on behalf of Corpus Christi College.

Despite the initial motion to approve the application being defeated, Councillors were unable to agree on the reason for refusal. Following a proposal from the chair (who holds the casting vote), the committee voted to DEFER a decision on this application for one month. 

In the case of planning application 14/1234/P/OP Erection of up to 169 dwellings; with new Doctors’ Surgery, to be up to 740 sq metres in size, with around 27 car parking spaces; with access from the Witney Road, plus open space, and associated works on land South Of Witney Road Long Hanborough. Submitted by Pye Homes on behalf of the Blenheim Estate.

The committee unanimously voted to REJECT this application.

Last chance to comment *** 19th February ***

The planning application (14/1234/P/OP) from Pye Homes/Blenheim Estate to build 169 dwellings on land South of Witney Road, Long Hanborough has been revised.

West Oxfordshire District Council are inviting comments on the revised proposal to be received by NEXT THURSDAY (19th February).

It looks likely that this application, together with the Corpus Christi/Savills application (14/1102/P/OP) in Church Road, will be discussed at the next Uplands Planning Committee on Monday 2nd March.


Full details of the revised proposal can be found at www.westoxon.gov.uk/planning but in summary, the changes include:

  • Moving the Doctors Surgery to Witney Road on the edge of the south field.
  • Using the allotments below Reilly Close as replacement playing field with covered walkway to enlarged school. Note they mention funding to support this will come from further development.
  • More land for bigger station car park (and of course a more congested A4095)

The West Waddy amended plan document states a lot of assumptions as fact – these need to be challenged, or we risk irrevocable damage being done to our village.

Where to write:

Please remember to include your name, address and the planning application reference on all correspondence.

To express your views on the Pye Homes/Blenheim planning application for the “Erection of up to 169 dwellings…”, planning reference “14/1234/P/OP – Land South of Witney Road, Long Hanborough” write to:

By email to: hannah.wiseman@westoxon.gov.uk
By post to:
Hannah Wiseman
West Oxfordshire District Council,
New Yatt Road,
OX28 1PB

Planning Update (23/11/14)

Neither planning application is on the agenda for discussion at next WODC Uplands Committee meeting (1st Dec), which means that the earliest WODC will make a decision will be at the first meeting of 2015 on January 5th.

What can you do?

Keep on writing to the decision makers, whether you are for or against these proposals. So far over 520 local households have objected to these planning applications, but the deferral of these decisions means that there is still time to make your views known.

Other news

  • Hanborough Playing fields Association (HPFA) have issued a comprehensive statement on their position regarding the retention of playing field land.
  • The Quality Care Commission has issued the Eynsham_Medical_Group_report which highlights the existing risk around the availability of appointments.
  • We understand a traffic monitor was set-up in Hurdswell, and that it has now been removed. It’s unclear who was collecting this data.

Planning Update

On Monday 3rd November, the WODC Planning Committee debated two planning applications for housing development in Long Hanborough.

Planning Application From Pye Homes/Blenheim Estate to build 169 dwellings on land South of Witney Road, Long Hanborough

All 12 Councillors voted unanimously to defer a decision on this application

Planning Application From Savills/Corpus Christi College (Oxford) to build 68 dwellings on land to the East of Church Road, Long Hanborough

All 12 Councillors voted unanimously to defer a decision on this application 

What Happens Next?

Both planning applications will be debated again. No date has been set at the time of writing but the earliest date a decision can be made is January 5th.

NB. We are aware that further applications may be submitted in the near future for 100 more houses next to the train station and also for up to 200 more houses on land North of the A4095.

What can you do?

Keep on writing to the decision makers, whether you are for or against these proposals. So far over 520 local households have objected to these planning applications, but the deferral of these decisions means that there is still time to make your views known. The deferral of these decisions shows WODC are taking residents views seriously – this is not a done deal.