Finally the worms are turning - the District Council Planning Committee on 25 November 2015 rejected the officer recommendations to approve two sites on the southern and eastern edges of East Hanney.
East and West Hanney will change!
East and West Hanney are often referred to as ´The Hanneys´ in part due to their very close proximity, a field separates the two villages. They are just north of Wantage and Grove. The villages were built in pre Norman times on a gravel bed in the Vale of the White Horse. The Church in West Hanney, St James the Great, dates back to approximately 1160. Letcombe brook runs through the villages. This used to provide power to the now sadly disused mills, the last of which closed around 1920. Now an archimedean hydro screw is converting the power of Letcombe Brook for the four new homes in one of the mills.
These attractive villiages have two pubs, a community shop, a hotel and Italian restaurant and an Indian restaurant and are being heavily targeted by developers. At the 2011 census there were 341 dwellings in East Hanney. Since 2007 the following applications have been submitted:
East Hanney is also threatened with the construction of a new reservoir. The area between Steventon, Hanney, Marcham and Drayton is Thames Water's preferred site for a huge reservoir which will provide water for London, Swindon and Oxfordshire (to be confirmed in 2019 Thames Water "Water Catchment Management Plan"). See the original plan from Thames Water.
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