Planning application update
The application to build six houses on Woodstock Road has been refused by West Oxfordshire District Council planning officers. They state:
"The proposed development, by reason of its scale, siting, form and appearance would appear as a visually incongruous feature within this part of the Charlbury Conservation Area and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the area. Furthermore, the development would unacceptably urbanise the generally low density, loose knit character and appearance which would not respect the existing scale, pattern and character of development in this semi rural location.
"The development proposal by reason of its siting outside of the established built up limits of the settlement, on the edge of town, rural countryside setting, will appear as an incongruous and overly urban feature and will erode the rural character of the area and defined settlement edge, therefore adversely affecting the landscape setting of the town and the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and thereby failing to conserve the scenic beauty of the Cotswolds AONB."
The Rushy Bank development beyond the station, which had previously received planning permission, will be reconsidered by the WODC Uplands planning committee. The Friends of the Evenlode Valley group, objecting to the application, challenged the original permission on the grounds that the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty location had not been given sufficient legal weight.
Vanderbilt Homes' application to build eight new houses at the bottom of Hixet Wood will be considered by the WODC Uplands committee this Monday.