Pro Vision helps developer win permission for 25 new homes

30th January, 2019

Plans for much-needed new housing in a South Oxfordshire village have been given the go-ahead after extensive public consultation.

Pro Vision planners secured the allocation of a site for housing on behalf of developer TA Fisher in the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan. The 1.5 hectares plot is on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

South Oxfordshire District Council approved the scheme for 25 new homes under delegated powers. The development on land behind Kennylands Road will comprise 15 market homes and 10 affordable, of which eight will be available for rent in line with council policy.

Plans include a landscape buffer at the western boundary to soften the transition to the countryside, open space and a children’s play area.

Pro Vision planning director Katherine Miles said she was delighted planning permission had now been granted.

She said: “Our team has worked closely with the community and council officers to achieve this outcome. Through securing allocation of the site in the neighbourhood plan and pre-application engagement undertaken, this outcome demonstrates that acceptable solutions can be found to deliver much-needed new homes even in the face of strong opposition.

“TA Fisher has a first-class reputation and this development will provide a high-qualify living environment and a positive addition to the local area.”

The developer had previous applications for 50 homes and 33 homes on the site rejected after opposition from the parish council and villagers. However, the South Oxfordshire Local Plan requires larger villages to accommodate more homes.

In 2016, Pro Vision helped TA Fisher secure an allocation for residential development on the site in the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan, arguing there is significant unmet need for housing in the area.

Pro Vision and TA Fisher responded to feedback from Sonning Common Parish Council and district council planners before submitting the latest application. Changes include a reduction in housing numbers, amendment to the layout and strengthening of the landscape buffer.

Plans for the scheme were prepared by Aaron Hewitt, director of Twenty 20 Architecture.

There were no objections to the revised scheme from the parish council, enabling a decision under delegated powers. And there were only five letters of objection from local residents compared to 64 for the previous refused application. 

Steve Davies, director at TA Fisher, said: “Katherine and the planning team at Pro Vision provided invaluable assistance in securing this planning permission.”

Sonning Common is within the Oxford ‘growth corridor’ where there is a need for 100,000 new homes by 2031, according to Government.