The plan proposes yet more houses for Harwell.
A site on the Grove Road, west of the “Grove Road north” site, where building has started, is proposed.
100 houses are allocated, although the site clearly has capacity for a lot more. Is this realistic and sensible?
The plan also allocates 1000 houses for the Harwell Campus. Although the text implies that these will be on existing campus land, the map shows that the site extends westward into green fields.
Find out more
You need to go the Vale website, and find the Local Plan Part 2 page.
To find out about the sites in Harwell, go to the Appendices
- Campus detail on page 8, west of Harwell details on page 14.
When you comment, be sure to let the Vale know what you think about the site specific requirements laid out after the maps.
To find out more about the plan in general, obviously go to the plan
- Pages 44-62 cover the South East Vale sub-area, which includes Harwell and Didcot (with a section on Didcot Garden Town)
- The overall development policy for the Campus is defined in Core Policy 15b: Harwell Campus Comprehensive Development Framework (page 55), but see also page 45 (#2.77), and beyond.
Are you persuaded by the Council’s argument that, for the reasons explained in Harwell Campus Comprehensive Design Framework page 50 (#2.83 onwards), that ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist, to justify development within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)?
The justification for more houses in the village is on page 46 (#2.82). Is this a strong case? If not, tell the Vale why not.