Outline plans for up to 175 homes at Sutton Courtenay in Oxfordshire have been unanimously refused by Vale of White Horse District Council.

A proposal by Roebuck Land & Planning to develop 7.32 hectares of agricultural land north of Hobbyhorse Lane, was turned down at the council’s planning committee meeting on October 26, despite an officers’ recommendation to approve.

The plan, which included 62 affordable homes, had sought to address the reasons why a plan for 200 homes there was refused in 2019. Reasons for refusal of that scheme were traffic, drainage and flood risk, effects on existing trees and lack of affordable housing.

However, the new scheme, which attracted 58 objections, was refused on the grounds of road safety, crime prevention and poor public transport, potential contamination from neighbouring landfill, air quality and pollution concerns and flood risk.

Objections had come from Sutton Courtenay and Appleford-on-Thames parish councils and Thames Valley Police.

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