The Planning application for Stockham Phase 3 have been updated and final comments must be submitted comments by 13th January 2015.
Details can be found on the Council website with application reference P14/V1810/FUL.
The Application is for an additional 90 homes and access will be through Stockham Farm phase 1 (Letcombe Fields) onto the Denchworth Road. The Application is for an additional 90 homes and it is interesting to see that they will use the same access as Stockham Farm phase one - onto the Denchworth Road and that the access strategy agreed with the Planning department has not been followed by Bovis (this included widening the road and adding a new pavement each side of the wider road entrance).
To see the comments that we have submitted so far click Stockham Park Farm Phase 3 Comments.
Your comments are here:
I am horrified at the huge number of houses without any infrastructure [show detail]
I am horrified that the huge number of houses are being built here in and around Wantage without any infrastructure, no roads, Denchworth road will be impassable. No school places for children, green spaces are being lost faster than I can find somewhere else to walk. We are supposed to get infrastructure when developments happen yet developers are ignoring this. New development being built across the road from me Stockham Park, is destroying all the places we walked, and now they are trying to have a 2nd and third phase! Allowance for parking is completely insufficient, green spaces separating villages is disappearing, it feels like there is a complete invasion of developers who are destroying Wantage and will leave us with nothing except masses of houses, no roads, no green spaces. I am deeply concerned at the ability of these people to destroy where we live at such speed. Dawn
This development will have access onto a busy road where a youth was killed [show detail]
This development will have access onto a busy road, Denchworth Road, a road where two lots of children cross to get to school and where a youth was killed walking towards Grove. Camel roundabout cannot cope with more traffic. The houses are being built but there is no progress on school places being available for the children coming to live in them - we really should refuse to let our 4 year old children be bussed out to village schools. This part of Wantage , Segsbury ward has no services at all, there is no employment being invested in in Wantage consequently traffic will increase with people travelling out of Wantage to work . The Health Centre and the Hospital need better facilities - please explain what sustainable development means because this does not seem to come into that category. Joyce
You just couldn’t make this up, it is so absurd. [show detail]
The above proposed development can only be understood either as the consequence of extreme stupidity, in which case all those in office concerned should be replaced immediately, or in terms of corruption, in which case all those directly responsible should be in jail.
The objections are so numerous and serious, they must have been stated many many times.
Why is nobody listening?
Highways infrastructure, is just one of many. The tiny roads onto which the extra traffic will pour, are already saturated during rush hour periods. Even a year ago you recorded that 570 cars per hour were travelling on Denchworth Road in the rush hour. Have you seen how tiny and congested Denchworth Road is, at peak times?
And what about education provision?
And what about healthcare provision?
And what about the implication for local parking?
And what about the pledge to keep Wantage and Grove as separate entities?
And what about the destruction of green spaces?
Is there not also an issue with drainage and potential for flooding?
If I hear that dreadful euphemism of “sustainable blah blah blah” one more time, I too shall need to be certified. Ken
You can't double the number of houses in Wantage without proper infrastructure. [show detail]
I have lived at Stockham Park for 30 years. Not only do I think far too many new houses have been approved WITHOUT PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE but I have just heard that St Mary's Convent will also be built on. This is insane ! You can't double the number of houses in Wantage to such an extent without schools, Health Centers,proper ROADS etc... I am strongly opposed to all this. Yes, we need more houses, but we should build NEW TOWNS if we need such large numbers. I am quite disgusted at the way things are thrust down people's throats with no consideration for the views of local inhabitants. Nicole
Our questions to the Highways officers: [show detail]
We understand that there are some problems with modelling the existing conditions of Ham Road, Challow Road, Mill Street and Denchworth Road In Appendix 6 this appears to be treated as two separate three way mini-roundabouts. This is actually a four way dumb-bell double mini-roundabout with less than 2 car lengths in between. See the image below. This analysis suggests that the function of these junctions is difficult to predict and with increased traffic flow conditions a precautionary approach should be adopted.
What further amplifies our concern is that mini-roundabouts will have difficulty accommodating long vehicles that the traffic model cannot allow for. The Department of Transport allowed a trial of 18.75m HGV's to begin in January 2012 and over 1,000 of these vehicles are on British roads. The consequence of the operation of these mini-roundabouts with tight bends and longer vehicles could be extremely daunting to cyclists and other more vulnerable road users approaching or departing from the centre of Wantage.
Increasing traffic volumes will only make this worse.
The response from the Developers: [show detail]
The results show that the critical arms are Challow Road and Denchworth Road (N). The predicted end queue results on these arms are 4 vehicles (Challow Road) and 15 vehicles (Denchworth Road, N) during the AM peak hour and 3 vehicles (Challow Road) and 7 vehicles (Denchworth Road) during the PM peak hour. It is important to note that the predicted queuing on these arms would not be between the two mini roundabout junctions.
For the Ham Road/Challow Road/Denchworth Road Roundabout the predicted queue on the Denchworth Road arm between the mini roundabouts is 1 vehicle and therefore will not affect the operation of the neighbouring mini roundabout.
For the Denchworth Road/Mill Street Roundabout the predicted end queue results between the mini roundabouts is 4/5 vehicles for the AM/PM peak hour respectively. In view of the traffic flows at peak times there will be occasions where there is a slow moving queue of traffic between the junctions. Approximately 3 to 4 vehicles can queue between the stopline on the northern roundabout and stoplines on Challow Road and Ham Road. Any of the additional 1 to 2 vehicles would likely queue back to Challow Road, subsequently increasing queues on these arms to circa 5 vehicles for the AM and PM peak hours. As a result of the mechanics of the ARCADY model, combining the two mini roundabouts within ARCADY would only result in similar queue lengths to those which have been calculated as part of the assessment.
Outside of the AM and PM peak periods the junction will continue to operate with spare capacity. Potential junction improvements have been considered in this location, however due to highway boundary constraints it is considered that the existing mini roundabout arrangement makes best use of the land available.
Vehicles of equivalent size to that of the DfT HGV trial (18.75m) have not been observed at the junctions of Ham Road/Challow Road/Denchworth Road and Denchworth Road/Mill Street.
Based upon the relatively low number of vehicles on trial, compared with the extent of the UK road network there is a low probability of such vehicles travelling through Wantage.
The existing HGV movements between the two mini roundabout junctions of 33 movements (AM) and 7 movements (PM) are relatively low, when compared with the overall vehicle movements at these times. The level of HGV movements equates to 2.7% (AM) and 0.6% (PM). This Planning Application promotes a residential development land-use and therefore would not generate any articulated large HGV movements following completion of development.
Notwithstanding the above, this type of vehicle would need to achieve the same turning and swept path characteristics of similar existing HGV’s present on UK roads, if permitted following the trial period. It should also be noted that there are already existing standard rigid trucks with a drawbar trailer combination permitted on UK roads (18.75m long).
As the Planning Officer said when recommending approval of Phase 2 "Local concern has been expressed that the proposal would cause traffic congestion and existing roads surrounding the site are unsuitable for more traffic. However, there are no objections from the County Engineer on traffic generation or highway safety grounds. ... The development is therefore acceptable in terms of highways.
We therefore need to ensure that the Highways Officers know of our concerns - please contact Paul Fermer (Highways Locality Manager for Vale and South at Oxfordshire County Council).
According to figures provided by the County Council; a survey performed on the Denchworth Road south of Mably Way during week begining 23 September 2013 provided figures of 5000 cars per day (Monday to Friday) with a peak of 570 cars per hour during the evening rush hour.
MAINTAINING SEPARATE IDENTITIES:
The planning officer also pointed out that "Paragraph 109 of the NPPF says that “the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment”. The site is designated under policy NE10 as important open land between Wantage, Grove and East Challow. This policy is fully consistent with the framework and seeks to safeguard the separate identities of these neighbouring settlements and aims to prevent their coalescence. The site if developed would therefore be contrary to policy NE10." But the Planning Committee don't follow their own policies.
As we assume that the Vale Councillors will fall over themselves to approve this application we need to ensure that road improvements are included and that there is sufficient unallocated parking to ensure that the overflow of cars does not fill Stockham Park, Denchworth Road or Elizabeth Drive. Parking standards for residential parking may be limited to Oxford County Council standards but we know that with limtied bus services and no other public transport, cars are an essential part of family life in Wantage.
We also need to ensure that monies are provided to all for expansion of Stockham Primary School. It is likely that these homes will be built in the next couple of years and it would take that long to expand the school and bring in Teachers so we need to ensure that the County Education Department take action now not wait until the homes are built. Contact Barbara Chillman at the Education Department. Also copy Jenny Hannaby (Our local County Councillor).
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