P20/V1334/FUL

Headline

Full application for 76 dwellings at land east of Meadow View Didcot Road
Amendment 1 & 2 August 2020 – noise assessment & archaeology methodology

Detail

Full planning application for the construction of 76no. dwellings with associated infrastructure, open space and landscaping following approval of an outline application for 63no. dwellings (P17/V2777/O).
Location  Land East of Meadow View Didcot Road Harwell

Amendment 1 – August 2020; noise assessment

Amendment 2 – August 2020; archaeology methodology

P20/V1334/FUL

Full application for 76 dwellings at land east of Meadow View Didcot Road
Amendment 1 & 2 August 2020 – noise assessment & archaeology methodology

Status No Objection - comments
Major application?
Registration Date July 8, 2020
Consultation Start Date July 13, 2020
Consultation End Date August 12, 2020
Target Decision Date October 7, 2020
PC Meeting Date August 20, 2020
PC Comments Response and S106 requests 4.8.2020 Application number: P20/V1334/FUL Proposal: Full planning application for the construction of 76no. dwellings with associated infrastructure, open space and landscaping following approval of an outline application for 63no. dwellings (P17/V2777/O). Location: Land East of Meadow View Didcot Road Harwell Response from Harwell Parish Council: The Council does not object to this application but asks that the following comments are taken into account by planners; Pedestrian and cycle connections to neighbouring developments, such as that proposed adjacent to the north east, and Valley Park adjacent to the south west, should be maximised according to the OCC Local Transport Plan 4 policies 19 & 34 . The narrow footpath along Didcot Road towards Harwell village is in a poor state and should be improved for pedestrians and cyclists, preferably to include separately-defined lanes for cyclists and pedestrians, matching recommended OCC cycling standards that the path width be 3m (Section 3.4.9 Oxfordshire Cycling Design Standards ). A shared exit onto Didcot Road between this development and the adjacent one immediately to the north east would be preferable to the separate exits shown on the plans, especially with the proximity to the roundabout with Harwell Link Road. The shared exit onto the Didcot Road, should provide priority to and for cyclists and pedestrians over cars exiting the development. These measures should be in place prior to development beginning. S106 Requests If the District Council is minded to grant planning permission, the following additional comments are made by the Parish Council. Recognising these three tests: • necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms • directly related to the development; and • fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development, the PC requests consideration of the following as being necessary to make the application acceptable in planning terms. There are several community projects in the village which will provide benefit to the residents of this proposal, without which the proposal would not provide a viable and sustainable community for its residents. The council would like to make the same requests as in the original application with a 20% increase based on the additional homes in the development, plus a 9.26% increase based on inflation 2017-2019, with the exception of the Community recreational facilities request in which the council has taken note of later feedback from residents leading to updated projects for the recreation ground. This latter amount has been calculated using the formula 76/1877 multiplied by total cost. Summary of new amounts requested Community Centre – Village Hall redevelopment £34,271 The Harwellian Club - enhancement project £ 8,143 Harwell Bowls Club – enhancement project £ 977 Harwell Scout Group - Refurbishment project £ 5,130 Community recreational facilities – new equipment £ 4,512 Total £53,033 Community Centre The S106 for P17/V277/0 agreed a contribution of £26,513 to be used toward the refurbishment of Harwell Village Hall. This project is still not fully funded, and so a revised contribution of £34,271 is requested. This figure is based on the original contribution uplifted by 20% to allow for the increased number of dwellings, and by a further 9.26% increase to allow for inflation since the original sum was agreed. The hall includes an office for the parish council, helping it to engage more with the parish. The residents of the Meadow View development will benefit directly from the two halls, providing space to hire for parties and private events, and a venue for meetings and societies, as well as the many classes which are run during the week. Discounts are offered to parish residents. The Harwellian Club (formerly the Royal British Legion Club) Funding requested for improvements to the Club building (formerly the Harwell British Legion Clubhouse). Total cost of project is £100,000. The Club was formed following the disaffiliation of the former Royal British Legion Club which has been established on the Recreation Ground for over 30 years. The decision to disaffiliate was taken so as to facilitate the Club’s increased use by the whole village community and membership of the Club is now increasing, reversing the trend of the last decade. The Club’s ambition is to improve the building for increased community and village use. The Club facilities are crucial for the increasing number of village inhabitants – pre-Covid-19 restrictions, the Club was available for use all day, every day, providing: • community lunches or tea & cake on alternate Tuesdays and once a month on a Sunday; • host venue for pilates classes; • meeting venue for many other village organisations such as the Harwell Feast Committee, local RBL Committee, and village sports groups – Tennis, Bowls, Football and Rugby; and • host venue for Whist Drives and Charity Fund Raising Events – Macmillan Cancer, Poppy Walks etc. The club’s aim is to widen access for the community and village and provide a social hub for village activities which are currently not provided for by any other facility. The budgeted cost of improvements is £100,000. Currently the Club has provided an open air section to comply with Covid-19 rules following re-opening. A contribution towards these improvements of at least £8,143 is sought. Harwell Bowls Club Funding requested for refurbishments to the clubhouse, including • extend the ladies and gents changing rooms/toilets of our clubhouse by 1 metre • refurbish the inside of the changing rooms with new toilet cubicles and urinals Total cost of project is £12000. There is no other outdoor bowls club in Harwell parish. S106 funding has already been received from local developers, leaving a shortfall of £1,380. A contribution of £977 is requested. Harwell Scout Group Funding requested for refurbishment of the Harwell Recreation Ground Pavilion as a Scout Hut and Youth Facility. Total cost of project is £63,000. The scout group has recently been allocated the pavilion by the parish council, but it needs extensive refurbishment so that it meets the needs of the wider community. The scout group wishes to encourage use of the building by casual user groups such as Harwell Feast Committee and local children’s football teams, as well as adapting it to the current and future needs of the scouts. Grant funding and fundraising will be sought in order to achieve this, and £5,130 is requested. Community recreational facilities The current play area at Harwell recreation ground was refurbished by the parish council in 2013, following fundraising and grant applications, but more recently, following community engagement, the council has identified a need for more facilities, such as outdoor gym equipment, a pump track, perimeter cycling/running track, new play equipment and basketball area. Total cost of this additional equipment is approximately £117,860. The council is seeking S106 funding towards these projects to enable it to provide the requested facilities. Further S106 funds should shortly be available from developers of The Willows (£2,000) and Reading Road (£8,000) but this leaves a substantial shortfall. A contribution of £4,772 is requested. i Policy 19- Oxfordshire County Council will encourage the use of modes of travel associated with healthy and active lifestyles Policy 34 – Oxfordshire County Council will require the layout and design of new developments to proactively encourage walking and cycling, especially for local trips, and allow developments to be served by frequent, reliable and efficient public transport ii Section 3.4.9 Oxfordshire Cycling Design Standards Shared paths 3.4.8 It is not always appropriate, possible or necessary to provide fully segregated off-carriageway paths. For lightly used paths or where space is constrained a shared path will suffice. Extra care will be required to integrate shared paths with the carriageway for cycle users while appropriately catering for the needs of pedestrians and other users, including equestrians where appropriate. 3.4.9 Usage should dictate the width of such paths, with 3 metres the recommended width, 2.5 metres the minimum. Paths wider than 3 metres should normally be segregated rather than shared. Planning Committee 23.7.2020 comments - Reiterate previous comments on original application, re: cycle path, with the addition of the comment “matching recommended OCC cycling standards that the path width be 3m, (section 3.9). The shared exit onto the Didcot Road, should provide priority to and for cyclists and pedestrians over cars exiting the development, and that these measures should be in place prior to development beginning” Planning Committee 20.8.2020 (amendments) - No objections to amendments but Committee wished to stress that comments on original application still stand. Committee welcomed the condition requested by OCC re: cycle/footway improvements but urged that the improvements are made before building work commences as the existing pavement is in an unsatisfactory condition and flooding is common (OCC asked for work to be completed before first house is occupied).
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