Key Banbury site receives further planning approval

The delivery of new market and affordable homes on the northern edge of Banbury took a further step forward last Thursday, 20 May.

Published: Tuesday, 25th May 2021

Cherwell District Council’s planning committee has resolved to approve an application for 36 new homes, north of Dukes Meadow Drive on the edge of town. At least 30 per cent of the homes will be classed as affordable and they will contribute to the delivery of over 500 homes on a strategic Local Plan site known as Banbury 5. In total over 1,100 homes are being provided to the north-west edge of Banbury.

Councillor Colin Clarke, Lead Member for Planning, said: “The area covered by this planning application is part of a larger, 26-hectare site that we have long sought to deliver new homes on. It is situated well for access to nearby shops, supermarkets and places of work.

“These 36 new homes will follow the design code of the earlier developments to the north and north-east of the site. That means it will form a high quality and sensitive approach to the urban edge, preserving key natural features of the site.”

The site layout presented to the council includes an area of semi-natural open public space. The council has been working with the applicant to improve the links with surrounding land, relationships with neighbouring developments, and to protect trees and hedgerows on the edges of the site.

There would be a mixture of house sizes across the site, including 17 two-bed homes.

The planning permission has been granted subject to conditions. These include contributions to mitigate traffic impacts, improve the local bus service, and towards sports and play provision.

Following the expiration of legislation to enable councils to meet remotely, it was the first meeting held in person in the council chamber at Bodicote House for some time.