Outline permission was granted for 1,500 homes to the East of Wantage in 2015.
This site should also deliver a primary school, a community centre, sports fields and pavilion as well as the Wantage Eastern Relief Road (for which £7.71m of the £15m cost is a grant from the Government which must used before the end of 2021.)
The latest phase of development (Phase 1B) requires a strategic change to the overall design strategy as it increases the density and the height of new homes on the edge of the development nearest existing properties. This requires a separate planning application; P19/V1269/FUL
For more detail on the changes to the sitewide strategy
What is the point of spending years agreeing a sitewide strategy for a development which includes densities and detailed design statements if a developer can ignore them and change the density by 25%?
The original design strategy required Phase 1B to be 80 homes with a net density of 24.0 per hectare and a maximum height of 2 storeys. The detailed application proposes a net density on the same basis of calculation of 30.7 and increases the height of some properties close to Charlton Village to 2.5 storeys. The adjacent area of Charlton has a density of 8 and are two storey dwellings.
This also makes the recent approval of an adjacent phase of this development (Centre West) look stupid as it deliberately included low density development on the southern and western edges to mirror the low densities planned in the outline application for Phase 1B.
The developer has used the argument that factors agreed in the outline stage could not be changed, in order to successfully ignore the new guidelines on separation of cycle paths and footpaths along the A417. Yet then submits this application which proposes to change factors agreed at outline.
This is not acceptable and the Committee should refuse this application as it does not accord with the Sitewide Design approved for Crab Hill.
The latest application is for 102 homes in Phase 1B:(P19/V0565/RM).
Full permission for the first 70 homes was granted in Nov 2017 (P17/V1499/RM).
P19/V0721/DIS - Housing Delivery Document and Phasing Plan reflect the proposal to intensify development on Phase 1B and reduce the number of units in Grove Road West from 222 to 200 to offset the increase. Withdrawn May 2019
P19/V0709/DIS - Discharge of Condition 45: External Materials for phase Centre West (Phase 2a – Fullers Meadow) Approved April 2019
P19/V0890/DIS - Discharge of Condition 39: A surface water drainage scheme and Condition 40; Drainage Strategy for phase Phase 2a – Fullers Meadow
P19/V1045/DIS - Discharge of Conditions 24; Trees and hedges, 39 Surface Water Strategy, 41: Boundary treatments, 45; External Materials; 47 and 49; internal highways relating to area South East A (phase 3A)
P19/V1269/FUL - Application to vary the wording of conditions 1, 7 and 17 and approved revised details relating to the Site Wide Strategy and Phase 1B.
P19/V1317/DIS - Discharge of Condition 39; Surface Water Strategy relating to internal roads, open spaces and the civic square.