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Contributions are key to Ambrosden growth

Contributions are key to Ambrosden growth

A housing scheme proposed for Ambrosden can go ahead subject to the developer contributing, amongst other things, to schooling and open space.

On Thursday, 28 September, Cherwell District Council’s planning committee granted permission for a development of 85 homes, subject to legal agreement. Of these, 35 per cent will be classed as affordable homes.

The application site is arable land south east of Ambrosden, adjacent to the recently completed Springfield Farm development. The new homes will be grouped to the north of the development, while the southern part will be used for a play area, ponds, new tree planting and open green spaces.

The decision grants permission for a variety of types of dwelling, from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses, as well as landscaping work, car parking and public open space. Access to the estate will be from Blackthorn Road to the north of the site.

Since a decision on the application was deferred by the planning committee in April, the applicants have modified the proposed scheme to improve its design, layout and appearance; to incorporate a greater mix of housing, including affordable housing; and remove new homes from areas at risk of flooding.

The new homes were approved subject to conditions as well as a requirement that the developer contribute to: the expansion of the nearby primary school, the creation of a new secondary school in Bicester, new books for Bicester Library, transport improvements and increased frequency of the bus service to Bicester.

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