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Housing estate would ’tower above homes’
A WARNING has been issued that a new housing estate on the outskirts of Barton would tower above surrounding homes.
An un-named housing developer has been in preliminary talks with South Oxfordshire District Council about building on a green field site which falls out odf the city boundary on Bayswater Farm Road.
But district councillor Anne Purse has warned that new homes would dwarf surrounding mobile homes.
She also said new residents would add traffic to already congested roads.
She said: “If there are houses close to mobile homes, they will obviously tower over them.
“I am very anxious that is taken into consideration. People who have been living there for years and years will be affected.”
From the point of view of traffic problems, she said: “I’m not sure there should be any houses or that anyone has looked at the impact of the homes on just getting out on to the road.”
The 2.2 hectare field was earmarked in the district council’s 15-year plan for development in 2011. Now, a housing developer has come forward.
District council spokesman Gavin Walton said: “We can confirm that pre-application discussions have taken place with a developer – name not disclosed at this stage – and that they have indicated that they intend to carry out some community engagement in the future.”
He said the council had not “expressed a view” on the potential scale of the site, but according to the council’s housing density policy it could take up to 75 houses.
Yvonne Wood, office manager at Abacus nursing agency in Barton, said that she welcomed any housing growth in Oxford.
Mrs Wood, 55, who lived in Barton for more than 10 years but now lives in nearby Beckley, said: “The problems that contribute to congestion on the roundabout are not just traffic from Barton.
“It is from the surrounding countryside. It is well known that people cut through here from the A34.
“Any housing growth in Oxford is brilliant, especially if it means the council gets more money to improve roads.
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