After nearly 20 years of discussion, the S106 agreement was signed in July 2017 and the outline
application for 2,500 homes approved. See (Vale Ref:
P12/V0299/O) for details.
Several parcels of the development are now approved and approximately 496 homes were occupied by the end of November 2022. The development should also provide a whole raft of infrastructure including:
As there are now nearly 500 homes completed and occupied, some of the infrastructure should be almost ready for handover.
The first football pitch - with temporary changing facilities should have been handed over to the community by 50 occupations (2019). It hasn't been handed over yet. Persimmon have had significant issues with the design and specification of the pitch - you would have thought that a major developer like Persimmon would have experience in this type of thing given the number of developments around the country.
The realignment of the Denchworth Road should have been completed by 250 occupations, the roundabout now completed (Nov 2022) but there are issues with the footpaths and cycleways crossing the busy road unnecessarily and neither the County Highways Department or Persimmon seem to care.
The first primary school should have been completed by 400 occupations but the County Education team seem happy that the first pupils will be accepted by September 2023.
There are a large list of items due by the 500th occupation (probably the end of the year) including the first allotments, 2 more sports pitches, and about 5 hectares of public open space. I don't belive that any of it will be delivered on time. When the District Council planning team are questioned about the need to enforce the agreement to deliver infrastructure, they simply point out that they are working with the developer.
The phasing plan shows what order the site will be developed
Or can be accessed on a separate tab here).
See our Wantage and Grove Map for detailed locations of all phases of development.
For a list of major applications on the airfield: go to our Current Applications page and select Grove.
For details from the developer see wellingtongate.co.uk.
Persimmon will submit the application for the design of the 'Local Centre' early
in the new year but have given us a chance to comment on the draft before it's submitted.
You can see it HERE
You can see the comments that we submitted
We believe that the Local Centre on the Wellington Gate (Grove Airfield) Development should be
accessible to all in the local community by foot, cycle, bus and car. This means that it should be
close to bus stops for those with limited mobility as well have adequate cycle and car parking close
to the key store and the Community Centre.
Given the draft design presented to us, we would prefer it if both the Community Centre and key Store should have parking and bus stops as close as possible (within 50 m) for the benefit of those with limited mobility, so should be at the west side of designated area nearer the bus route.
A Key Store directly opposite a school (in the “blue” location) with no parking in between doesn’t make sense. There is already not enough space for the drop off, plus teacher parking and visitor parking, and the access to the retail parking area is very close to the school so anyone trying to access the parking in the Local Centre at drop-off/pick-up times will have difficulty accessing the area.
It would be more sensible to put extra parking opposite the school and the Key Store close to parking and bus routes.
We suggest that it would be good to put paving in front of the community centre (to create a “square” that could be multi-functional works all year round), and then parking where the ”blue” Key Store is currently shown.
The key store could be moved to the west with access off the main bus route for both customers and deliveries so that the lorries are not conflicting with school traffic (foot, cycle and cars). Other retail units would be to the east.
We even submitted an image of what it might look like!