A fourth bid to build flats and shops refused

The Oxford Times: A fourth bid to build flats and shops refused A fourth bid to build flats and shops refused

BUSINESSES have spoken of their frustration after a fourth bid to build shops and flats in Wallingford Street, Wantage, was thrown out.

Vale of White Horse District Council rejected plans to build two shops and 24 flats, against the planning officers’ recommendation, because it didn’t contain any affordable housing.

The plan was submitted by planning consultant Ken Dijksman, of Newbury, who is also behind the scheme for a 30,000-home garden city near East Hanney, on behalf of developer Vanderbilt Homes.

Mike Rowe, who owns Rowe’s newsagent on Wallingford Street with his wife Lyn said: “I find it quite frustrating that a fourth plan has been thrown out.”

He said there was “a demand for housing”, and “a need for businesses”.

Vanderbilt sought to build identical replicas of two 18th-century buildings in Wallingford Street – Blanchard Fabrics and James Heating Services – which it demolished in 2011.

The Vale originally granted Vanderbilt permission to refurbish the buildings, but the developer said a planning survey revealed the buildings were structurally unsafe. Since then it has submitted three applications to build varying numbers of shops and flats on the site.

Wantage Town Council objected to the latest plan, as an “overdevelopment” wanting fewer homes on the site.

Vanderbilt land and planning director Geoff Murrain said he was “saddened” by the councillors’ decision.

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7:32am Wed 2 Apr 14

## Nonny Mouse ## says...

Frustrating, yes. The unoccupied plot is a bit of an eyesore. But 24 flats? I don't know where they think they'll fit the accompanying 20-30 cars, that will undoubtedly come with those residents, in such a central location.
Frustrating, yes. The unoccupied plot is a bit of an eyesore. But 24 flats? I don't know where they think they'll fit the accompanying 20-30 cars, that will undoubtedly come with those residents, in such a central location. ## Nonny Mouse ##
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9:33am Wed 2 Apr 14

TobyB1960 says...

You only have to look at what is being proposed on the Vale planning website to see what is being proposed are no better than bedsits. Bad design or greedy developer. Hate to think what mess they would make of designing Oxford Garden city!
You only have to look at what is being proposed on the Vale planning website to see what is being proposed are no better than bedsits. Bad design or greedy developer. Hate to think what mess they would make of designing Oxford Garden city! TobyB1960
  • Score: 3

9:56am Wed 2 Apr 14

Garage Man says...

Of course new investment is required within Wantage but more shops when we can barely keep the ones that we have open is not the answer. (How long has the old WH Smith shop next to Waitrose been empty? Neither is high density 'rabbit hutch' housing the answer - either for the people living in them or the surrounding environment. Don't forget that the Council also turned down a revamp of the old Police Station recently where another 45 'retirement homes' were planned. For once I'm pleased that our elected officials appear to be taking their planning roles seriously after the debacle of Stockham Farm (Letcombe Fields) where no provision has been made for additional schools or facilities to cover almost 200 new homes.
Of course new investment is required within Wantage but more shops when we can barely keep the ones that we have open is not the answer. (How long has the old WH Smith shop next to Waitrose been empty? Neither is high density 'rabbit hutch' housing the answer - either for the people living in them or the surrounding environment. Don't forget that the Council also turned down a revamp of the old Police Station recently where another 45 'retirement homes' were planned. For once I'm pleased that our elected officials appear to be taking their planning roles seriously after the debacle of Stockham Farm (Letcombe Fields) where no provision has been made for additional schools or facilities to cover almost 200 new homes. Garage Man
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10:43am Wed 2 Apr 14

asbomick1 says...

Why not a Multi story Car Park ???? or is that to way out for our out of touch councilors..It will provide much needed parking close to the shops and make a bit of money besides ....SORTED
Cheers
Mick
Why not a Multi story Car Park ???? or is that to way out for our out of touch councilors..It will provide much needed parking close to the shops and make a bit of money besides ....SORTED Cheers Mick asbomick1
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9:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Commyguy says...

asbomick1 wrote:
Why not a Multi story Car Park ???? or is that to way out for our out of touch councilors..It will provide much needed parking close to the shops and make a bit of money besides ....SORTED
Cheers
Mick
I couldn't agree more. Wantage needs something like this to help with the on-road parking which is becoming worse and worse. This location would be perfect as it is a fairly large plot and it is very close to the marketplace.
[quote][p][bold]asbomick1[/bold] wrote: Why not a Multi story Car Park ???? or is that to way out for our out of touch councilors..It will provide much needed parking close to the shops and make a bit of money besides ....SORTED Cheers Mick[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. Wantage needs something like this to help with the on-road parking which is becoming worse and worse. This location would be perfect as it is a fairly large plot and it is very close to the marketplace. Commyguy
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10:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

asbomick1 says...

Thank you Commyguy for your kind comment.....I had originally thought of making it into a bus terminal (Plan 'A') instead of the chaos outside the Bear Hotel....that way the buses would not need to come into the town center. Just pull in and out of Seesan Way via Little Lane ..........but that would mean a long walk to get to buy pies at Greggs..... So the car park was Plan 'B'
Cheers Mick
Thank you Commyguy for your kind comment.....I had originally thought of making it into a bus terminal (Plan 'A') instead of the chaos outside the Bear Hotel....that way the buses would not need to come into the town center. Just pull in and out of Seesan Way via Little Lane ..........but that would mean a long walk to get to buy pies at Greggs..... So the car park was Plan 'B' Cheers Mick asbomick1
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12:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

gel says...

Perhaps the ever expanding Aldi or Lidl are eyeing up as possible space?
Perhaps the ever expanding Aldi or Lidl are eyeing up as possible space? gel
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2:33pm Fri 4 Apr 14

asbomick1 says...

How about a bus terminal at ground level and a multi story car park on top.
???????????????? to much for our councilors to handle ????
DOUBLE SORTED
Cheers
Mick
How about a bus terminal at ground level and a multi story car park on top. ???????????????? to much for our councilors to handle ???? DOUBLE SORTED Cheers Mick asbomick1
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