Fiercely opposed plans for up to 170 homes in Banbury have been recommended for refusal ahead of a planning meeting on Thursday, August 10.

Cherwell District Council’s planning committee will consider proposals for outline permission by Vistry Homes to develop a 12.63-hectare site, east of Warwick Road, for a scheme of one to four-bedroom homes. The site is made up of two arable fields and more than half of the site would remain open space.

Council officers, however, have recommended refusal on the basis of it being outside of the settlement area and its harm to the open countryside and heritage setting of the conservation area in nearby Hanwell.

The scheme has attracted 489 objections and two representations of support. Seven town and parish councils have also objected as well as the highways department of Oxfordshire County Council.

The team on the project includes Turley on Planning and EDP on masterplanning, landscape strategy, ecology and heritage.


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