Last August, the outline planning application put forward by Hallam Land Management for the development of land west of Shilton Road, in Burford, was unanimously refused by the West Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee.
The proposal was for 91 houses, up to 78 assisted/supported living apartments, and a 90-bed care home.
There were three main reasons for the refusal:
• The isolated location of the site and its remoteness from Burford’s facilities;
• The poor quality of design, which would not reinforce or be reflective of the special characteristics of Burford as an attractive small Cotswold town, and the visually intrusive nature of the proposed development on a prominent edge of settlement site; and
• The lack of any agreed mitigation package to ameliorate the harmful impacts of development.
Major businesses, Chamber of Trade, and some 438 individuals lodged objections with WODC.
However, WODC’s decision was appealed by the developer and in July, a Public Enquiry began at which a Planning Inspector heard the appeal by Hallam.
The Public Enquiry resumes on 8 November, for four days.
Help Preserve Burford has Rule 6 Party status at the Appeal – meaning they have a seat at the table and will have equal standing at the Appeal alongside WODC against Hallam.
The campaign group are calling on members of the public to show the Inspector their concern over this application by attending the Appeal.
Members of the public can attend any part of the proceedings over the four days.
The Appeal is being heard at The Council Chambers, Council Offices, Wood Green, Witney.
Proceedings start at 10.00am.
This is your opportunity to demonstrate your support and to make a difference!
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