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950-home development in Abingdon approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Vale of White Horse District Council has approved plans for up to 950 homes and community facilities in north Abingdon.

Of the 950 homes, 330 have been designated as affordable while 50 will be for people aged over 65.

Commercial Estates Group’s (CEG) plans for the development, which will be on land north of Dunmore Road and Twelve Acre Drive, also include a new primary school, an 80-bed care home, children’s nursery, public open space and sports pitches.

The outline planning permission is subject to a condition that sees development restricted on site until funding is in place and work is scheduled to deliver major improvement works to the A34 at Lodge Hill.

This includes construction of two new south-facing slip roads in an attempt to relieve congestion, as well as support housing and economic growth. The council approval of the development will help to secure further funding of more than £3.3 million towards the Lodge Hill scheme through developer contributions.

The government has announced £9.45 million in funding for the scheme. This follows a bid by Oxfordshire County Council. The first payment is likely to be made in September.

The new development at Abingdon will deliver extra homes in line with the council’s Local Plan 2031.

Roger Cox, Vale of White Horse District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “This development will bring a significant number of affordable housing and community facilities. Conditions include a legal agreement with our council and Oxfordshire County Council that sets out the infrastructure the developers will provide, so that everyone can be confident that this supports the new housing and development.

“This includes a condition that no more than 150 homes are occupied before confirmation is received from central government of the phasing of payments towards the Lodge Hill scheme, and no more than 400 homes prior to the county council highways authority letting the contract for delivery of the interchange. It is vital that this scheme goes ahead and the work we have done on getting this agreement in place will act as a guarantee to ensure that it happens.”

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