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Planning for the Future of Chipping Norton

Summary of comments received by WODC from Chippy residents

From Witney 200 residents submitted comments about their section of the proposed Local Plan. From Chippy there were 14 about theirs. Oh well nobody need complain when the hundreds of new houses are built up at Tank farm. All these 14 responses were from residents of Chipping Norton. Their comments received are summarised below.

Expansion of the town to the east
Other smaller sites are available in Chipping Norton to meet the objective of modest growth. Concern that development of big sites such as Tank Farm and Fowlers Barn Farm will greatly expand the town boundary
Development of land at Tank Farm will result in the loss of open fields
Before development is allowed to proceed it will be important to assess the archaeological potential of the area to be affected, in particular the Tank Farm site
Support for the location of additional housing off London Road (Tank Farm) the site proposed for housing would link up well with the development on the Parker Knoll site and the development on the hospital/care home site
One respondent felt that allowing the Parker Knoll industrial site to be developed for housing opens the door for the Tank Farm site to be developed as well
Building in the Tank Farm area will overlook housing in Brassey Close because the land is much higher
Development will greatly increase the current average build rate in Chipping Norton
Brownfield land adjacent to London Road should be used for future housing growth, not greenfield sites. Further extending the town will harm the objective to protect the heritage of the town
One comment questioned whether it was appropriate to permit buildings so close to a water tower, outlining that they are normally only ever located in out-of-town sites
One comment stated that no consideration has been given to the microclimate of the proposed housing area. Being one of the highest, most exposed points in Oxfordshire, it was felt that insufficient consideration has been given to the quality of life the landscape would offer. Houses will be exposed to strong winds
Rural character of the footpath from Wards Road via Tank Farm to London Road must be maintained
Problem of ground water will become a more serious problem with further housing. A comment stated that houses adjoining the site proposed for housing  already suffer from ground water flooding during periods of heavy rainfall

Shopping, Jobs and Employment
With the closure of the Parker Knoll site, concern was expressed over how the balance between jobs and housing is likely to be maintained. Responses felt a key priority should be to have jobs in the town to give people the opportunity to work close to home, rather than commute. Job provision should be the overriding  priority for the Chipping Norton strategy
Important to make land available for business use more positive interventions required for to actively encourage small businesses
High local house prices will mean that new residents are likely to commute out of the town to achieve higher paid employment
Encouragement should be given for start-up businesses, including those run from home in the town
What is the justification for further employment development when the Parker Knoll planning permission is yet to be implemented
One respondent noted that new houses built in the town when the economy was prosperous were slow to be sold, pinpointing this issue largely as a consequence of a lack of employment
Concern over the lack of support for small market towns, such as Chipping Norton, particularly due to out of town shopping centres
Concern that major retailers will damage the vitality of Chipping Norton High Street
Query as to why, now that the residential element of the Parker Knoll site has been completed, no work has commenced on the construction of the employment  and services element of the permitted development
Further development of the town for housing will serve to provide a dormitory for other towns, such as Oxford
An enterprise development centre should be prioritised
One of the town areas marked as land available for new business and employment and main employment site is presently Oxfordshire County Councils road gritting depot for which outline planning consent has been sought to erect new covers and facilities question over public money to be spent on this when further changes may be made in the future

Traffic, Parking and transport
No firm plans for aim to reduce traffic; heavy through traffic remains a concern
Traffic problems in the town need to be addressed; particular concerns raised over heavy goods vehicles/lorries travelling through the town centre. A mandatory weight limit was suggested in one response, others suggesting a total ban on lorries through Chipping Norton
Conflict in the preferred strategy in terms of aiming to achieve improved air quality whilst simultaneously permitting HGVs to drive through the town and not supporting a bypass for the town
Concerns over safety along London Road coupled with future traffic generation from the new hospital and residential care home. The former Parker Knoll site and parking outside the Holy Trinity Church were noted as main concerns in a  number of responses
Need to improve pedestrian and cycle routes and access to bus services it has not been identified how this will be achieved
New developments in Chipping Norton must have access to public transport within the site, for example the X8 and X9 bus services route must be extended to include the new houses on London Road and provide links to the new school
Increased frequency of train services on the Cotswolds Line must be encouraged along with late evening services from London
Improved cycleways and footways needed to connect any new developments to Chipping Norton town centre
What provision for car parking is suggested in connection with the Albion Street development
Oxford bound traffic should be compulsorily re-routed up Banbury Road
Development of land to the east of the town provides the opportunity for a relief road that would by-pass the Horsefair stretch of the A44 (AQMA). It would also act as an alternative route through the town
Expansion should be seen alongside improved connectivity with transport hubs and major settlements

Community facilities and infrastructure
Opportunities must be taken to use S106 agreements to fund community amenities, not just on the proposed strategic site. The response includes the example of requiring a comprehensive approach to be taken as a whole to the development of the hospital, ex-ambulance station and St John Castle View care home so that the most appropriate sites are used to meet community needs, and not driven by current land ownership of the parts
Preference for a mixture of uses on old hospital, ambulance station and Castle View sites
Additional housing will have an adverse impact on local services, for example local doctor and dental surgeries
Development of additional housing should not take place until supporting facilities and employment opportunities are in place
Concern over the implications on local education provision and facilities
The town requires a permanent tourist centre
Provision of extra care housing is particularly important

Other comments
One response noted a hammer head in Cotswold Crescent was provided when the estate was built. Modest growth in this area has the advantage of being close to the present schools, leisure centre and facilities at Greystones.
Extreme care required in the design and materials used for the proposed new Coop building and the landscaping, in order to retain the historic context of the site and maintain the character of a sensitive central town location
Integrity of burgage plots and green boundaries must be maintained
Any development which may affect the burgage plots in the town centre should include a full assessment of both above ground and below ground archaeology (more detailed comments on this issue have been provided)
To maintain a balanced community, care should be taken to include higher end housing as well as affordable housing
The provision of affordable housing was a concern for one respondent - fearing that it would result in poor quality, high density housing, which will encourage less desirable occupants to locate within the town; bringing increased anti-social behaviour and crime into Chipping Norton. This will require a greater police presence. Further housing growth within Oxford was suggested as an alternative, where infrastructure is in place to manage such housing growth
Area to the west of the town and adjacent to the business estates north of the A44 should be utilised. One response, although noted that the area falls within the AONB, felt this status could be overcome and the land would be more preferable for development due to; the proximity to existing business uses, and because the land is elevated and is only at the approaches to the town, therefore minimising the impact on the appearance of Chipping Norton.
It would be possible to build housing sensitively within the areas adjoining or within the AONB, perhaps on several sites rather than one large development. The comment was supported by the permission granted in 2006 for new houses in the Old Quarry, which is within the Chipping Norton Conservation Area
Number of houses proposed is too high to achieve the aim of maintaining the towns special character and vitality
Figure of a minimum of 800 homes conflicts with the statement in the Sustainability Appraisal that a major urban extension of 500 or more new homes is likely to have an unacceptable impact on the character and setting of this small market town one response suggests a minimum of 800 homes is replaced with a maximum of 500 homes. As part of these revisions, the response noted that the current percentage requirement of 40% affordable housing may need to be increased in order to ensure an adequate supply of affordable houses from a reduced number of houses
Development offers the opportunity to produce a history trail of Chipping Norton,  particularly in relation to the redevelopment of the Co-op store and Castle View
Measures must be taken to protect existing hedges and trees


'We need new jobs as well as homes in Chippy'

12 February 2010     PLANS to build 400 new homes in Chipping Norton are promising but there needs to be more jobs to stop it becoming a "dormitory town", according to councillors. West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing the new homes for the north of Chipping Norton with half located in the London Road area. There are also plans for a third primary school in the town as well as space for new businesses. Sites for 400 homes have been identified or either built in the town since April 2006 while another 400 have been proposed for the next 15 years. According to West Oxfordshire District Council, 200 people are on a waiting list for affordable housing in Chipping Norton.

Town councillor Gerry Alcock said: "We do need affordable housing and have to accept the need to grow. My concerns are more to do with work there's no point having the houses if you do not have the employment as well. To go with houses we must have more jobs. We have got to get good businesses to come to Chipping Norton to set up organisations and help that happen."

Mr Alcock also expressed concerns about whether extra residents in the town would mean the need for further shopping facilities.  "More houses on the northern side of town will mean more people coming into the centre of town.I would think with that we would need some satellite shopping set up to cater for the new houses. The town itself cannot contain this geographical spread."  West Oxfordshire District Council said it had sought space for business development in the plans and added there were new employment opportunities on the remainder of land at the former Parker Knoll site.

Chipping Norton ex-mayor Gina Burrows said she thought further housing was inevitable and that shopping facilities would be adequate to cover the new homes, with Co-op already deciding to expand its High Street store by 50 per cent.No further shopping developments would need to take place, she added. I want the town centre to stay alive and people to come in to shop," Mrs Burrows said. "In terms of new housing we have not got many empty homes so further houses are needed. We need to accept the town does need further growth."

Mrs Burrows added the development of the town was a hot topic locally.The new homes for Chipping Norton are part of the Government's aims for growth of 7,300 houses in west Oxfordshire from 2006 to 2026.It says 40 per cent of these should be affordable housing. Of this, 2,500 dwellings have already been built while planning consent has been granted for a further 1,600 homes.This leaves the locations of at least 3,200 new homes to be identified throughout the rest of west Oxfordshire.

The plans for the further development in Chipping Norton will be available for viewing at the Guildhall in the town. Planning officers will be on hand at Chipping Norton Town Hall on Wednesday, February 24, from 11am to 6pm to answer questions. People have until March 22 to comment on West Oxfordshire District Council's planning strategy and make their opinions on new houses known.