Sporting plan for Adderbury nears finish line

A new pavilion and outdoor sports areas for Adderbury came a step closer to reality yesterday, 4 June.

Published: Friday, 5th June 2020

An online meeting of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee approved an application for planning permission made on behalf of Adderbury Parish Council. The pavilion is expected to have a badminton court, a multi-purpose sports hall, a dance studio, changing rooms, and bar. Outdoors a multi-use games area, two football pitches and a cricket pitch are planned.

The application site is on the Milton Road, next to the Nicholas King Homes development. It had already been allocated for sport and community uses in the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan, which was approved by local people in a referendum and ‘made’ by Cherwell District Council in 2018.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “It is essential that people have the right facilities available to help them lead active lives. As the district grows, facilities such as this will help us make sure there is enough choice and availability to go around for everyone.

“This land has been designated for sports for some time, including in the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan. This decision approves the design and layout of the building, parking and pitches, and helps ensure a high quality end product.”

The proposal is supported by developer contributions, including a legal agreement relating to the completed development at Aynho Road which saw the land where the pavilion will be built transferred to the parish council.

A Community Governance Review for Adderbury is underway which could lead to the creation of two separate parish councils for the village. Planning committee noted this but agreed with officers that it could not delay a decision being taken on the application and was not something that should affect the decision to grant planning permission.