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 villages 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.
For a list of major applications in the ´The Hanneys´:
15 dwellings on land South of Alfreds Place, East Hanney (P11/V2013) Approved
25 dwellings on Crown Meadow, East of the A338, East Hanney (P13/V0381/FUL) Approved
35 houses on land off A338, East Hanney (P13/V2266/O) Approved
16 dwellings on land to the rear of Saxon Gate, East Hanney (P13/V2608/FUL) Approved
35 dwellings on land west of Steventon Road Nurseries, East Hanney
40 dwellings on Steventon Road Nurseries, East Hanney
(P18/V0692/RM) under consideration
13 dwellings on land North of Rectory Farm Close, West Hanney (P14/V0034/RM) Approved
15 dwellings off School Road, West Hanney (P15/V2887/FUL) Approved
35 dwellings off School Road, West Hanney (P17/V1368/FUL). Withdrawn
Church Farm, West Hanney. One application for 8 dwellings (P16/V0637/FUL). Approved
Land north of Summertown, East Hanney. There are currently three separate applications for the same site. This site has received outline permission for up to 55 homes (P15/V0343/O) but the reserved matters applications for 45 homes has been approved. The remaining applications for 55 homes and 50 homes respectively have not been withdrawn.