17 June 2015
WYG has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for 73 new homes and sports pitches in an Oxfordshire village after working with Miller Homes and the local community to allocate the site in the Drayton Neighbourhood Plan.
In 2010 WYG approached Drayton Parish Council to discuss the possibility of developing one of the parcels of land around the village. With a five-year-housing land supply shortfall in the Vale of White Horse District, the Parish Council recognised that the village was not immune from pressure for residential development. It began work on a Neighbourhood Development Plan in 2012 as part of the neighbourhood planning group, Drayton 2020.
WYG has been working closely with Drayton 2020 since that time and the site was allocated for residential and leisure development in the Drayton Neighbourhood Plan which was passed at the referendum in March this year - 90.8% of voters voted in favour of the Plan.
In parallel to the work on securing the allocation, WYG has been working on a planning application for the delivery of 73 dwellings, as well as significant community benefits for the village to satisfy previously unmet needs, including three football pitches, a cricket pitch and a pavilion. This process has involved regular engagement by WYG and Miller Homes with Drayton 2020, residents, District and County Councillors, Vale of White Horse Officers and other key stakeholders, and has included two public exhibitions, with the proposals amended to respond to local feedback. The Parish Council spoke in support of the planning application at the District planning committee on 10th June and members voted unanimously to resolve to grant permission subject to the completion of a S106 agreement.
Martin Hawthorne, Director of WYG’s Southampton office, said: “It’s been such a great experience to work alongside a community group to achieve what they need. This approach shows the benefits of involving a community early on – it’s what positive planning is all about.“
Sir Tom Shebbeare from Drayton 2020 said: “This was our first attempt at creating a Neighbourhood Plan and WYG have been one of three developer representatives involved from the start. We've been very pleased about the way it has gone. WYG proved to be hands-on and user-friendly and kept this up over what at times has seemed like a long two years. The result is a high quality residential development incorporating community assets which this village will treasure for the next century - or as long as people here love to play football."
Chris Weston, Operations Director from Miller Homes, added: “This has been an interesting project to be involved with, with the needs of the community very much at the heart of the plans. We look forward to continuing to work with the community and to bringing much needed new homes and community amenities to the area following the conclusion of the S106 Agreement. “
WYG ranks amongst the top planning consultancies across the UK, with over 115 planners located in 14 offices. It has an extensive portfolio of education work as well as being active in key sectors such as residential, urban regeneration, energy, retail, healthcare and infrastructure.
With more than 80 years’ experience in homebuilding, Miller Homes has earned a reputation for delivering sector-leading quality, sustainable developments with a focus on family homes. Miller Homes is committed to ‘the Miller Difference’, its business philosophy which defines its approach and commitment to customers, employees, supply chain and the communities in which it operates.
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