Villagers fear garden centre's homes plan a threat to green belt

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VILLAGERS fear plans by a garden centre to develop part of its site for housing, are the start of a massive development that could swamp the area.

Yarnton Nurseries in Sandy Lane, Yarnton, has applied to build 12 homes — four affordable — on part of its car park, in the Oxford green belt.

It last year submitted a planning application to Cherwell District Council for 43 homes but withdrew it to “resolve a number of issues”.

Residents fear the plan could pave the way for future development.

Dr Maria Carmen Giraldez, of Poppy Close, said: “I strongly believe this is just the beginning for the applicants to insist to have their original plans of a much bigger development approved.

“The amenities in the village such as school, medical centre etc are already at saturation point.”

Dr Giraldez also raised concerns about the impact on flooding and sewers and warned Sandy Lane could “not tolerate” extra cars.

Neighbour Malcolm Williams also wrote: “Because the number of houses has been reduced does not alter the policies to allow building on the Green Belt.”

Dr Ian Scargill, of the Oxford Green Belt Network, said the plan would extend the built-up area of Yarnton into the Green Belt.

He said: “What is proposed would have a significantly greater impact on the Green Belt than what is there at present.”

Poppy Close residents Michael and Gaynor White said: “Sandy Lane is a small country road and is not suitable for all the heavy traffic with the garden centre.”

Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance, which has a property opposite the garden centre, has also objected.

It said: “There is no possible way that the proposals can be argued to result in having no greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt.”

But the nurseries said they have a large site, “dominated by car parking which is in excess of its needs”.

While in the Green Belt, the land has been previously developed and would provide “much needed housing”, according to the business.

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3:15pm Tue 17 Dec 13

lil_miss_ME says...

Poppy close residents........pop
py close is a fairy new development, bet they didn't care about the impact on the existing residents when their homes were being built! The school will cope, they will get funding to extend. And the doctors is a blooming good size surgery for a small village so I think they will cope fine too......yes they are always busy, but so is every other doctors everywhere! Sandy lane could do with widening though to make traffic flow a bit easier, there is space to widen it and still have a footpath, so maybe this needs to be looked at.
Poppy close residents........pop py close is a fairy new development, bet they didn't care about the impact on the existing residents when their homes were being built! The school will cope, they will get funding to extend. And the doctors is a blooming good size surgery for a small village so I think they will cope fine too......yes they are always busy, but so is every other doctors everywhere! Sandy lane could do with widening though to make traffic flow a bit easier, there is space to widen it and still have a footpath, so maybe this needs to be looked at. lil_miss_ME

3:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

The Foxy Lady says...

Well its still Green Belt. The last remaining 'belt' of green land specifically designed for protection. If you can build on that then nothing is safe. Perhaps the garden centre could fill up with more plants or even allotments. But the no money in that is there and it all comes dow to money in the end. Everyones got a price.
Well its still Green Belt. The last remaining 'belt' of green land specifically designed for protection. If you can build on that then nothing is safe. Perhaps the garden centre could fill up with more plants or even allotments. But the no money in that is there and it all comes dow to money in the end. Everyones got a price. The Foxy Lady

6:14pm Tue 17 Dec 13

LowRob says...

http://www.publicacc
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Application has now been withdrawn.
http://www.publicacc ess.cherwell.gov.uk/ online-applications/ applicationDetails.d o?activeTab=summary& keyVal=MV29QMEM0K100 Application has now been withdrawn. LowRob

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