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Significant increase in traffic and limited parking in Town centre
I object to the proposed development for the following reasons.
We mustn't get sucked in by promises [show detail]
We mustn't get sucked in by promises of landscaping and enhancement along the canal. It isn't needed! I feel that landscaping will ruin the natural environment for wildlife as well as spoiling the look of the canal banks.
Completely inappropriate and not sustainable [show detail]
I am totally against the proposal for Stockham Park Farm and as for the proposed second phase I am very concerned and quite astonished. There are not any proposals for schools, there is a wildlife habitat which will be completely destroyed and the Denchworth Road cannot take the extra traffic created. There is no infrastructure for al the developments in this area and the roads will grind to a halt. It is completely inappropriate and not sustainable.
This application has no merit what-so-ever. [show detail]
This application has no merit what-so-ever. An additional 100 houses stuck on the edge of a development that is already stuck on the edge of the market town of Wantage.
In addition there is no provision for primary school children, even in the development plans for Wantage/Grove no allowance has been made for ANY children in the Stockham developments.
Likewise there is no provision for employment, so once again it is down to the A338 and A417. If employment is based in Faringdon, Camel Crossroads will need considerable improvement to cater for up to an additional 300 cars during the morning and evening rush hours.
Thus this proposal should fail in that there are no primary school provisions, there is no provision for recreation (it appears to rely on Wantage and Grove for recreation), this develpment will be totally dependant on existing Wantage and Grove shopping, there is no provision for any employment and there is no provision of a proper housing mix as here are no bungalows- the choice of most Elderly wishing to relocate or downsize.
Protected and Notable species on Stockham Farmland [show detail]
Barn Owls: In Para 4 of the Breeding Bird Survey Reports for Phases 1 & 2 it states that the owl is not recorded on site but known to roost/nest at the adjacent Stockham Farm to the south of the site boundary and that the nearest record of barn owl occurrence is 0.3 km from the development site boundary. (It appears that the same bird survey results dated June/Jul 2011 were used for both phases). In the Impacts of Development to Vulnerable Bird Species, 5.8 & 5.9 Phase 2 it suggests that “where feasible, an element of rough grassland-type habitat should be created within the GI development proposals”. Item 4.19 of the Ecological Assessment for Phase 2 gives pointed guidance that it is essential the presence of protected species and extent of their being affected by a proposal should be established prior to planning permission and that steps should be taken to ensure long-term protection such as by attaching appropriate planning conditions.
In view of the above, I would like to raise your awareness of my observations regarding the situation of the Barn Owls that live/nest at Stockham Farmhouse buildings (which are not part of the development) and hunt on Stockham Farm farmland. The farm buildings are basically central to the property and the owls’ activity is immediately connected to the surrounding farmland/fields. Regarding habitat, the field in Phase 1 and the northern field in Phase 2 were cattle grazed. All other fields under scrutiny including the proposed “country park” have been grassland outlined by trees and wild shrubs for at least fifty years that I am aware of and have not been grazed for approximately thirty years. The old Wilts & Berks Canal and a brook cross the land.
The barn owls have thrived here for many years and I have been informed that they have produced young. I have watched the owls hunting in the fields around Stockham Farm, including those fields adjoining Stockham Park and further across to the area of the proposed “country park”. I have not been there at dusk recently and my last sighting in June this year was of one owl leaving the roost. As the owls are protected, their foraging, nesting requirements and tolerance levels to disturbance may need to be accommodated and specified if any planning permissions are granted, especially if the above developments progress further south and encroach onto their hunting grounds in close proximity to the nest site.
Other Birds: Table 4 Schedule 1 Phase 2 of the survey highlights the presence of red and amber listed birds, their likely breeding status on site and their status within Oxfordshire based on the publication “Birds of Oxfordshire 2005”. If planning was to be approved for further developments, could conditions be included for encouraging birds to remain – there is such a diversity in the area; avoiding works at nesting time, bird boxes, retaining foliage of identified habitats, rough grassland etc. (the habitat for meadow birds including skylark, meadow pipet etc. would be lost but perhaps linnet in the “country park” area, song thrush, bullfinch, willow warbler, dunnock, house sparrow etc. might be retained).
Reptiles: The Ecological Appraisal mentions that no snakes were recorded during any of the site surveys. However, a sighting of a grass snake in the area has been reported. It is therefore important that this is considered in the event of planning permission and methods as described in the Reptiles sections 4.54 – 4.57 for Phases 1 & 2 are observed.
Dormice: I presume the existence of dormice on the farmland has been examined. There are hazel trees, scrub, abundant brambles, etc. on site.
Could you please clarify the following:
In the Ecological Appraisal 4.0 Phase 2 it states that the western field will comprise an area of gifted public open space that will incorporate ... one or more attenuation ponds. I cannot see these ponds marked on Landscape Master Plan DE122 001? Are they large, are they a necessity, where will they be? (The northern site appears to have a large attenuation pond).
Please reject this application until more thought has been given to school places, doctors/dentists and traffic management. [show detail]
This is the second application for the same area and 200 houses have already been agreed, therefore this application should be considered along with the previous application and not as a separate one. According to your own Policy H13 this application is not a small-scale infill and it is definitely not essential and as it is outside of the original settlement boundary for the previous application it should be rejected.
The issue of traffic has once again not been considered and it will become even harder to get out of my estate to go to work.
The current schools/doctors/dentist and other facilities are full, or almost full and there are no provisions for these to be increased if separate applications are considered in this way.
Please reject this application until more thought has been given to school places, doctors/dentists and traffic management.
The site is not in a conservation area and the trees are not protected by a Tree Preservation Order [show detail]
According to a recent letter to Mr Vaizey in reply to a request from one of our members, the trees at Stockham Park Farm could be removed as the site is not in a conservation area and the trees are not protected by a Tree
Preservation Order or specifically by a planning condition, then the applicant was in their rights to remove vegetation. Does this mean we need to request preservation orders on every tree and hedge around town?
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