P22/V0539/RM

Headline

Reserved matters application for Phase 1 Valley Park – 246 homes

Detail

Reserve matters submission relating to phase 1 pursuant to outline planning permission ref. P14/V2873/O. RM for phase 1 comprising 246 new homes with associated infrastructure and landscaping with 35% (86 units) of affordable housing at Land to the West of Great Western Park (Valley Park), Didcot.
Location  Phase 1 Valley Park

 

P22/V0539/RM

Reserved matters application for Phase 1 Valley Park – 246 homes

Status Objects
Major application?
Registration Date 18 March, 2022
Consultation Start Date 31 March, 2022
Consultation End Date 29 April, 2022
Target Decision Date 17 June, 2022
PC Meeting Date 21 April, 2022
PC Comments Objection: This application is premature as the SDC has not yet been approved. Consultation cannot be meaningfully performed until the SDC is finalised for comparison with the proposed designs. The PC has several concerns with the designs as presented. We would like to echo the Vale officer comments regarding unimaginative architecture of the entry point. Noise from the A4130, particularly considering the HIF dual carriageway scheme, would appear to be an issue and the applicant does not appear to be suggesting any mitigation of this. We also have concerns regarding air quality in this area. Zone 3 flooding sites have not been addressed. There is excessive loss of existing hedgerows. None of the plans show locations for air source heat pumps. No solar panels are proposed. The absence of both is inappropriate in the current environment. In the interests of combatting climate change and fossil fuel reliance both should be provided as standard. No details on insulation are provided. Allocated parking spaces are often not in front of the properties they are allocated to e.g. plots 111, 113. This could be rectified by swapping with unallocated spaces. It is unclear how electric charging facilities will be provided. Will these be commercial installations that remove the financial incentives to electric vehicle uptake, or attached to the property meter? We would like to see electric charging via home meter unless unavoidable. The proposed layout has a lack of green space on the street verge, with front gardens being non-existent. This leads to a very urbanised feel, and certainly not something that chimes with the idea of Didcot Garden Town. The North/South cycle lane at the Western wedge of the site does not appear to connect to the East/West routes. Connectivity is of vital importance in active travel provision and this route should not be isolated from the rest. Crossings should be provided for main road crossings. Outline has taken 8 years of consultation - RM applications with a few weeks to respond are unacceptable. A minimum of 8 weeks should be available for these larger RM applications, SDC being a prime example. Parish Councils are a voluntary tier of local government and time is needed to work through the vast amount of information presented. Vale response ref: 213735
Neighbours?
Vale Decision Date 2 September, 2022
Vale Decision Withdrawn
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