Plans to build up to 280 new homes in Bodicote have been approved by Cherwell District Council’s planning committee.
The properties, 30 per cent of which would be available for affordable rent or shared ownership, will be built on land to the west of the Bodicote Cricket Club field and north of Wykham Lane.
The land has been outlined for development within Cherwell District Council’s adopted Local Plan and the properties, which would primarily consist of two and three-bedroom homes with some provision of single bedroom units, will contribute towards a total of 1,415 homes across the site.
Councillor Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “This is one of three applications proposed for the overall site which was outlined for development in the Cherwell Local Plan. The first site, of 145 homes, was approved on appeal and is under construction. The second has been recommended for approval for 1,000 homes and this comprises the third.
“Although three separate developments it is important that they all integrate as one and this is part of the condition of approval. In making our decision we did not have to deliberate if the site was suitable for development as this had already been determined by its inclusion in the Local Plan. What we had to decide is whether this application complemented our wider vision for the site and on balance, we have considered it suitable to proceed.”
The site would be accessed by the creation of a new priority junction with White Post Road which would incorporate a spine road leading up to the A361 Bloxham Road. This would be delivered in part by Gladman Developments and in part by Gallagher Estates who are seeking permission for the delivery of 1,000 homes and associated infrastructure on neighbouring land.
To compensate for the loss of on-street parking on White Post Road caused by the creation of the new junction, a 34 space car park will be provided opposite Bishop Loveday School for parents to use when dropping off or collecting children.