Fears homes could spoil landscape

Hendreds and Harwell county councillor Stewart Lilly

Hendreds and Harwell county councillor Stewart Lilly

First published in News

RESIDENTS in Chilton near Didcot are concerned about the possibility of more than 1,400 new homes being built in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

They say the proposals are part of Vale of White Horse District Council’s proposal to build an additional 20,560 homes before 2031, following the Government-backed Strategic Housing Market Assessment.

Chilton resident Frank Dumbleton says one of the sites chosen by the Vale council is in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a greenfield site east of Harwell Laboratory and west of the A34.

He said the site was within the parishes of both Chilton and Harwell and the allocation was opposed by both parishes.

Volunteer at Didcot Railway Centre, Mr Dumbleton said: “There is a lot of concern in the area about this. People gathered in the field where the homes could be built to show what they felt about the proposal and I took their picture.”

Hendreds and Harwell county councillor Stewart Lilly, whose division includes Chilton, said: “I’m not in favour of this. An AONB is perceived to be sacrosanct by some and I think that designation should give the land some protection.

“I totally oppose this and support the local people.”

Related links

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:50am Mon 12 May 14

Gunslinger says...

Here we go again.
The 'AONB' covers virtually all of the undeveloped land in the area bounded by Wallingford, Swindon, Devizes and Reading. However the area where the housing would be is not on the downs themselves, but in the vale alongside the A34. Any 'natural' views from the downs at this point are already fairly comprehensively compromised by the Harwell complex, the A34, new developments around Didcot, and Didcot power station (or whatever replaces it).
Next we will no doubt hear the area is a haven for bats and badgers.
Here we go again. The 'AONB' covers virtually all of the undeveloped land in the area bounded by Wallingford, Swindon, Devizes and Reading. However the area where the housing would be is not on the downs themselves, but in the vale alongside the A34. Any 'natural' views from the downs at this point are already fairly comprehensively compromised by the Harwell complex, the A34, new developments around Didcot, and Didcot power station (or whatever replaces it). Next we will no doubt hear the area is a haven for bats and badgers. Gunslinger
  • Score: -9

10:31am Mon 12 May 14

Richard of Wantage says...

The problem is down to incompetent district councils producing late plans and no vision. According to the government there is enough brown fields sites coming available to build 1.5 million new homes on.

So what has been planned for Didcot A? NOTHING!! Building homes on Didcot A is too convenient for jobs, transport and retail to be used. So lets build as far away as possible from the things we need. Then the District can blame it on the County council for not building dual carriageways linking new homes to jobs and retail. Welcome to Oxfordshire!
The problem is down to incompetent district councils producing late plans and no vision. According to the government there is enough brown fields sites coming available to build 1.5 million new homes on. So what has been planned for Didcot A? NOTHING!! Building homes on Didcot A is too convenient for jobs, transport and retail to be used. So lets build as far away as possible from the things we need. Then the District can blame it on the County council for not building dual carriageways linking new homes to jobs and retail. Welcome to Oxfordshire! Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 11

12:12pm Mon 12 May 14

Anon Coward says...

They didnt really think they were getting the improved 'A34 Chilton interchange' for nothing did they ?
They didnt really think they were getting the improved 'A34 Chilton interchange' for nothing did they ? Anon Coward
  • Score: -1

2:45pm Mon 12 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

There would be a swift acceptance of the need for new homes on land bouding the countryside if new "urban streets" were created through compulsary purchase orders of large swathes of city gardens.

Just take a look at East Oxford from satellite imaging - massive gardens that could be opened up to development...
There would be a swift acceptance of the need for new homes on land bouding the countryside if new "urban streets" were created through compulsary purchase orders of large swathes of city gardens. Just take a look at East Oxford from satellite imaging - massive gardens that could be opened up to development... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -2

5:37pm Mon 12 May 14

Chris Henderson says...

I agree with Richard from Wantage that Didcot A is an obvious brownfield site to develop. Also, how about Steventon Storage Facility, conveniently between Mike Murray's and Matthew Barber's home patch.
As for Oxford City, why don't they look at Osney Mead Industrial estate. About half of it is now empty and the SERS building and Alden Press buildings seem to have been empty for about 10 years. No business wants to move there as it has to be accessed via the Botley Rd but perfect for housing as walking distance from the centre or train station.
I agree with Richard from Wantage that Didcot A is an obvious brownfield site to develop. Also, how about Steventon Storage Facility, conveniently between Mike Murray's and Matthew Barber's home patch. As for Oxford City, why don't they look at Osney Mead Industrial estate. About half of it is now empty and the SERS building and Alden Press buildings seem to have been empty for about 10 years. No business wants to move there as it has to be accessed via the Botley Rd but perfect for housing as walking distance from the centre or train station. Chris Henderson
  • Score: 10

7:13pm Mon 12 May 14

HPG says...

How about building somewhere else in the Vale, 90% of the whole Vale plans are around the Didcot/Harwell area where they will turn their backs in providing any services or structure once built and let them sponge services of a already struggling Didcot service structure
How about building somewhere else in the Vale, 90% of the whole Vale plans are around the Didcot/Harwell area where they will turn their backs in providing any services or structure once built and let them sponge services of a already struggling Didcot service structure HPG
  • Score: 7

12:09am Tue 13 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

And not to mention the devaluation of existing rural properties in exclusive developments, and the added strain on infrastructure, sewage, schools, medical, police and fire services, and the addition of even more private cars to the area.
And not to mention the devaluation of existing rural properties in exclusive developments, and the added strain on infrastructure, sewage, schools, medical, police and fire services, and the addition of even more private cars to the area. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 4

9:07am Tue 13 May 14

TobyB1960 says...

HPG wrote:
How about building somewhere else in the Vale, 90% of the whole Vale plans are around the Didcot/Harwell area where they will turn their backs in providing any services or structure once built and let them sponge services of a already struggling Didcot service structure
25% of the Vale plans are in Wantage/Gove (5,500 new builds), but at least Didcot has jobs, transport and retail.
[quote][p][bold]HPG[/bold] wrote: How about building somewhere else in the Vale, 90% of the whole Vale plans are around the Didcot/Harwell area where they will turn their backs in providing any services or structure once built and let them sponge services of a already struggling Didcot service structure[/p][/quote]25% of the Vale plans are in Wantage/Gove (5,500 new builds), but at least Didcot has jobs, transport and retail. TobyB1960
  • Score: 3

8:50pm Thu 15 May 14

yellowperil says...

Its just an empty field in a sea of fields. Why not? Theres still loads of green space,its not ruining anything
Its just an empty field in a sea of fields. Why not? Theres still loads of green space,its not ruining anything yellowperil
  • Score: -8

11:32pm Thu 15 May 14

Severian says...

LOL - and I thought it was only Cherwell DC that couldn't plan what to have for lunch, let alone housing developments!

Welcome to the world of Bicester - housing developments being thrown up all over the place, with absolutely no real idea from the district council as to what it will mean for the town infrastructure.

Looks like this isn't an isolated thing - it's what happens when Tory policies coincide with the need for developers to make massive profits as quickly as possible.
LOL - and I thought it was only Cherwell DC that couldn't plan what to have for lunch, let alone housing developments! Welcome to the world of Bicester - housing developments being thrown up all over the place, with absolutely no real idea from the district council as to what it will mean for the town infrastructure. Looks like this isn't an isolated thing - it's what happens when Tory policies coincide with the need for developers to make massive profits as quickly as possible. Severian
  • Score: 5

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree