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Parish council backs green belt development

23 May 16 Taylor Wimpey has been cleared to build new houses on the Oxfordshire greenbelt after wooing locals with new sports facilities.

South Oxfordshire councillor Felix Bloomfield, Wheatley Parish Council chairman Geoff Stephens and Taylor Wimpey’s Steven Neal
South Oxfordshire councillor Felix Bloomfield, Wheatley Parish Council chairman Geoff Stephens and Taylor Wimpey’s Steven Neal

Taylor Wimpey will build 51 homes on a greenbelt site in Wheatley with the blessing of Wheatley Parish Council and South Oxfordshire District Council planning. It moves on site in July 2016, with completion expected by early 2018.

A Section 106 agreement will see contributions totalling £237,000 made to the local community, including an artificial cricket wicket, a cricket pavilion, a cricket pitch, a football pitch and rugby facilities within Wheatley itself, as well as contributions to public transport and libraries.

Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire senior planning manager Steven Neal said: “It’s rare for sites within the greenbelt to be promoted for development and the success of this scheme is really down to the material benefits it can bring for the local community both in terms of the affordable housing it will provide for local people and the Section 106 contributions.

“Approval for a rural exception site is made on a case-by-case basis, and rests on being able to demonstrate special circumstances, such as facilitating the delivery of much needed affordable homes for local people.”

Wheatley Parish Council chairman Geoff Stephens said: “Through a rigorous process of consultation and subsequent exhibitions, Wheatley Parish Council have secured worthwhile outcomes which will benefit all parts of our community.”

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