Planning application for 70 homes in village of Burford rejected

Responsible Planning in Burford

On 6 December, the Uplands Area Planning Sub-Committee for West Oxfordshire rejected the planning application for 70 houses on land east of Barns Lane, known locally as ‘Cole’s Field’ in the village of Burford (17/00642/OUT), despite the development being recommended for approval.

695 objections to the scheme were raised, largely based on the grounds that Cole’s Field is entrely within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in a Conservation Area and in the Upper Windrush Valley Target Conservation Area.

Burford Parish Council, the Cotswold Conservation Board, and CPRE were amongst those that objected to the proposal.

NNGO member, Responsible Planning in Burford (RPiB) were delighted with the outcome, but are mindful it is not the end of the road and now wait for news of the almost inevitable appeal.

Disappointingly, at the same Committee meeting, the decision was made to approve a 300 home development on land at Woodstock East and 170 dwellings in the village of Long Hanborough.

See: Uplands Planning Committee in West Oxfordshire, 6 December.

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