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Increase at housing site to fund sports pitches

A further five houses will be built as part of an ongoing development in Adderbury following a council decision.

On Thursday, 15 June, Cherwell District Council's planning committee approved permission for the construction of five homes on the application site, which abuts the applicant's ongoing development on Milton Road. This decision brings the total number of houses permitted at the wider site to 36.

The application site had previously been earmarked for community facilities. However, when it emerged that Adderbury Parish Council was already making plans for sports pitches and a community facility directly next to the site, the parish council announced that it would support the extra five homes provided the income generated be put towards these facilities.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell's lead member for planning, said: "This is a relatively modest expansion to a housing development that is already underway in the village.

"We would ordinarily be concerned about the loss of community facilities, as it is important that developers contribute to the infrastructure which residents of new developments need.

"However the parish council finds itself in the unusual position of having had two adjacent sites conveyed to it for the provision of the same community services. It makes sense for the developer contributions to be pooled into one resource, which we think will be of great benefit for residents of the new homes and to the wider community."

Planning permission for the wider site, where the 31 homes are currently being built, was secured in 2014. A Section 106 agreement associated with the 2014 permission transferred the land on which the extra five homes are now proposed to be built to the parish council for community use.

The developer is now expected to compensate the parish council for this land, and for forgoing an element of affordable housing, and these funds will be spent on community and sports facilities as a condition of the work going ahead.

Further conditions of the planning permission granted on 15 June stipulate that the homes be built to design specifications that ensure they are in keeping with the existing settlement.

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