Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire – Residential Development

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Aitchison Raffety were approached by a landowner who had been rebuffed by the Council following initial consultation as their land was outside the village boundaries, disproportionate to the size of the village, would have a visual impact upon the landscape setting and nearby historic properties.

Aitchison Raffety were able to identify the errors in this position set out by the Council, and consider the Council’s inability to demonstrate a five year supply of housing land to maximise the development opportunity. The village had not been included in the most recent draft Local Plan for any residential development, but AR were able to demonstrate that the village was a sustainable location and could reasonably accommodate growth. A range of technical reports were prepared under the guidance of AR to address issues such as access and landscape impacts, as well as the preparation of plans for the new housing. A subsequent application was positively received by the Council and was resolved to be approved subject to the completion of a S106 agreement. This example shows the importance of recognising the opportunities available and knowing how to most appropriately prepare the justification for a development, even where the Council are initially reluctant to recognise the potential.