Villagers happy with plans for new 55-home estate

Simon Kimble talking to residents

Simon Kimble talking to residents

First published in News

RESIDENTS of Steventon say they are happy with plans for 55 new homes in their village but have concerns about traffic.

Housing developer Copperleaf held an exhibition of its plans at the village hall.

The firm wants to build 55 homes on 2.5 hectares of land off Abingdon Road that is owned by the adjacent Old Farm House Bakery.

Copperleaf’s plans also include a new building for the bakery.

Abingdon Road resident Caroline Miller, 67, who would be one of the closest to the proposed estate, said: “Our only concern would be Abingdon Road.

“It can be a pretty dangerous stretch of road coming into the village, so it would be nice to have pavement all along that.”

About 100 village residents turned out on Friday to see the plans and offer feedback.

Copperleaf representatives were joined by planning consultants from Hourigan Connolly, which is helping the developer with the planning application process.

Copperleaf sales director Simon Kimble, said: “The feedback we received has given us a good understanding of local issues and we can now take our proposals forward.”

Hourigan Connolly’s Richard Lomas added: “Villagers were keen to talk about access to the site, and traffic on Abingdon Road is an ongoing issue locally.

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“We can look at traffic control measures such as speed bumps, and help residents to see in both directions by putting mirrors at that junction.”

Mr Lomas said that Copperleaf and Hourigan Connolly are hoping to submit a planning application for the development to Vale of White Horse District Council before Easter.

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3:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Mrs Suspicious says...

Is this really embraced by the local residents or is it a case of the developers putting a spin on their exhibition? Expect time will tell.
Is this really embraced by the local residents or is it a case of the developers putting a spin on their exhibition? Expect time will tell. Mrs Suspicious
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7:10am Fri 1 Feb 13

ilikerural says...

I agree, I am suspicious too! Did the Oxford Mail really have a reporter at the exhibition? No, this positive feedback has probably come from the developer; the same thing has happened on other proposed sites locally.
Watch out for their "spin"!
I agree, I am suspicious too! Did the Oxford Mail really have a reporter at the exhibition? No, this positive feedback has probably come from the developer; the same thing has happened on other proposed sites locally. Watch out for their "spin"! ilikerural
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10:10am Fri 1 Feb 13

Gunslinger says...

On the other hand, if this is accurately reported it is nice to see some constructive reaction from locals to new developments, rather than just a knee jerk NIMBY to any and everything.

People have to live somewhere, and many people forget that where they are lucky to be living now was probably somebody else's green field 40-50 years ago.
On the other hand, if this is accurately reported it is nice to see some constructive reaction from locals to new developments, rather than just a knee jerk NIMBY to any and everything. People have to live somewhere, and many people forget that where they are lucky to be living now was probably somebody else's green field 40-50 years ago. Gunslinger
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11:07am Fri 1 Feb 13

Man on the Green says...

This will re-open the debate about finally opening the Drayton slip road, which would do much to relieve congestion on the Drayton Road, as at present all north-bound traffic either goes south to the Milton interchange and then heads north, or struggles through the grotesquely congested mini-roundabout junction with Ock Street in Abingdon. Likewise, the day must come when the wharf-side access to Abingdon town centre by St Helen's Wharf is stopped, which would greatly relieve congestion in the town centre, and bring enormous reductions in air pollution levels. But someone has to start thinking in a joined-up manner! No more should such matters to left to pork barrel politics.
This will re-open the debate about finally opening the Drayton slip road, which would do much to relieve congestion on the Drayton Road, as at present all north-bound traffic either goes south to the Milton interchange and then heads north, or struggles through the grotesquely congested mini-roundabout junction with Ock Street in Abingdon. Likewise, the day must come when the wharf-side access to Abingdon town centre by St Helen's Wharf is stopped, which would greatly relieve congestion in the town centre, and bring enormous reductions in air pollution levels. But someone has to start thinking in a joined-up manner! No more should such matters to left to pork barrel politics. Man on the Green
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11:50am Fri 1 Feb 13

ilikerural says...

Gunslinger, I don't live in Steventon and am not affected by this development, so I don’t wear the NIMBY badge. The point I make is that these developers are highly professional and experienced; they try to persuade us that "resistance is futile" and they thrive on our general apathy. Like Man on the Green, I also agree that politicians are making some silly decisions in order to promote the building of 5,000 new houses in the Vale alone! According to the Oxford Mail just a week ago they have almost hit this figure, so why are so many new schemes still being proposed and accepted?

This vast number of houses are being forced into only a handful of our beautiful local villages. The disjointed onslaught will potentially decimate our comparatively peaceful English village way of life and eat up our counryside. I agree about traffic and the Drayton sliproad comment as well, very sensible.
I do agree that we need some new houses, but please Vale planners, do it fairly and carefully and stop the current planning "goldrush"!
Please give us some “joined up” thinking.
Gunslinger, I don't live in Steventon and am not affected by this development, so I don’t wear the NIMBY badge. The point I make is that these developers are highly professional and experienced; they try to persuade us that "resistance is futile" and they thrive on our general apathy. Like Man on the Green, I also agree that politicians are making some silly decisions in order to promote the building of 5,000 new houses in the Vale alone! According to the Oxford Mail just a week ago they have almost hit this figure, so why are so many new schemes still being proposed and accepted? This vast number of houses are being forced into only a handful of our beautiful local villages. The disjointed onslaught will potentially decimate our comparatively peaceful English village way of life and eat up our counryside. I agree about traffic and the Drayton sliproad comment as well, very sensible. I do agree that we need some new houses, but please Vale planners, do it fairly and carefully and stop the current planning "goldrush"! Please give us some “joined up” thinking. ilikerural
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