Dandara is an independent property development company based in the Isle of Man.
The company has been working in the Wantage area for more than 20 years. It obtained the outline planning consents for the three Stockham Farm developments which were then sold to different developers. Stockham Farm, also known as Letcombe Fields (Bovis), King Alfred's Place (Abby Homes) and Downsview Park (Matthew Homes) comprises 380 homes near the Stockham Park Estate.
Since then Dandara have been developing plans for approximately 800 homes to the west of these developments in the gap between East Challow and Wantage. They intend to use this development to fund the Western Link Road around Wantage and East Challow. Initially they tried to get this development into the District Council Local Plan to 2031 but the site was not recommended for inclusion by the Council.
Some of the comments from the council are shown
"Wantage and Grove is already the location of substantial development and it is considered more appropriate for any longer-term potential for future development to the west of Wantage to be considered through a future local plan process.
"The site has been promoted for around 800 dwellings and is intended to provide the western end of the link road. Development of the whole of this site for 800 will likely result in coalescence issues between the south-west of Grove (Airfield), the West of Wantage, and East Challow. Land north of the old canal would not relate well to any of the three settlements and the Council considers there are more suitable alternative sites in the vicinity.
"The provision of a new Wantage western link road would provide additional relief to congestion in the area, but is not considered a requirement in this plan period. No detailed feasibility work has been undertaken on how such a road could be delivered although it is extremely unlikely development on this site could fully fund the road and no other funding is currently available. The area is sensitive in landscape terms, it is particularly important that the open gap between East Challow, Wantage and Grove is maintained."
Since the rejection by the District Council Dandara has been discussing the proposal with East Challow residents and Dandara hope that the development will be incorporated into the East Challow Neighbourhood Plan. See the Dandara website for more details of the proposal https://westwantage.info/).
The latest proposal puts most of the housing to the north east of the site and the remaining homes to the west of East Challow. This will retain a gap between Wantage and East Challow but will join Wantage to the Grove Business Park. Thus eliminating the gap between Wantage and Grove and increase the size of Wantage without adding any infrastructure.