400 East Hanney homes rejected

A debate into plans for almost 400 homes in East Hanney was concluded last night as Vale of White Horse District Council rejected two developments.

Two planning applications for developments in the village were both recommended for approval by council officers but councillors rejected the plans as they felt they did not fit with the character of the village.

They were full plans for 200 homes on land south of Steventon Road and outline plans for another 197 homes on land south of Summertown.

Councillor for Wantage and Grove Jenny Hannaby said: “I was pleased the committee listened to the residents.

“The committee felt the plans did not fit the character of the village.”

A 58-page objection letter was sent to Vale council from East Hanney Parish Council against the Summertown development, and Wantage MP Ed Vaizey also objected.

A statement by Mr Vaizey’s chief of staff, Lynda Atkins, said: “Ed is deeply concerned about the cumulative impact of development on East Hanney, and the scale of development proposed by this application compared to the size of the pre-existing settlement.

“This proposal, if it were to be allowed to proceed, would be a significant detriment to the village.

“Ed urges the planning committee to reject this application.”

The application was submitted by developers Linden Homes Thames Valley and despite objections was recommended for approval by council officer Stuart Walker.

Linden spokesman James Atterbury said: “Following extensive work with the Vale of White Horse District Council and other key consultees over the past year, Linden Homes is pleased with the positive recommendation from officers.

“While local concerns are acknowledged, the site has been selected by the council’s planning officers as the proposed location to provide up to 200 new homes.”

The site is agricultural land and sits south of Summertown and Mill Orchard, east of the A338.

A new roundabout was planned to link the development to the A338.

The second East Hanney development, for 200 homes south of Steventon Road, would have moved part of Steventon Road and the A338 to run through the centre of the development.

The application was made by Rockspring Barwood East Hanney Ltd and W Cumber and Son Ltd.

East Hanney Parish Council submitted a 32-page objection to the plans.