Feb 2013: objections to the South Drive re-development proposal

This post may be updated if and when  appropriate. If you have info that you think will be of general interest then please add your comment.

Feb 16 2013_0658_edited-1Thanks to Holly Spence for forwarding the following example letters of objection. These are downloadable from the links below.

New Harwell Doc

Objection to South Drive HS

I might add that the largest South Drive house, Sir John Cockroft’s former residence, can be considered historically important in relation to the development of the site. The bomber station’s first CO decreed that the airbase should take the name of whichever parish his house was situated in: thus it was that RAF Harwell is what the UKAEA inherited in 1946, rather than RAF Chilton. (Source: Nick Hance, 2006, Harwell: The Enigma Revealed)

For the full horrors of what’s being planned for our area, the list of documents relating to Goodman’s application is on the VWHDC site here. This is also the page to access the comment facility for your objections. So I think I’d better give it a bigger link. Here then is a nice big red objection-button, linking straight to the form:

NO THANK YOU, I DON’T WANT TO SEE THOSE LOVELY SOUTH DRIVE HOUSES DEMOLISHED AND, NO, I DON’T WANT GOODMAN PLC TO PLONK A SMALL TOWN WHERE THE TREE-LINED AVENUES USED TO BE.

Get ’em rolling in. Deadline for objections is 27th Feb.

Update! 19/2/13

Natural England object:

“Natural England objects to this proposal, as we consider that the scale of the proposal is likely to adversely affect the purpose for which the North Wessex Downs AONB has been designated.
The level of housing provision within an AONB should be directly related to the need for housing in that area. This application shows no justification for the need for 120 houses at Harwell.”

Vale and South Oxon Countryside Officer’s initial statement:

“Following my initial review of the submitted information I have contacted RPS the Ecological consultancy who prepared the ecological reports to request
further information regarding the extent and distribution of White Helleborine
across the application site. The site has been found to support a nationally
important population of this endangered plant and it is therefore important to
fully understand the impacts of the proposals before determining the planning
application.”

Meanwhile,  Thames Valley Police acceptance appears to be available on receipt of a  new car.

“Having undertaken a qualitative examination of the scheme and the impact of the policing the Local Police Area Commander has requested a contribution of £21,259. The contribution represents a pooled contribution towards the provision of a new marked PCSO vehicle to serve the site and surrounding area.”

Would the proposed development not be served by site police then? Like wot we are…?

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5 responses to “Feb 2013: objections to the South Drive re-development proposal

  1. The new scheme looks awful- hope your successful in your bid to stop it.

  2. Just to add – isnt there some kind of preservation order on the South Drive houses? Should be!

  3. Cheers Donald.

    There are no preservation orders on these houses that I’m aware of. I agree though. It’s the English Colonial style in a near-original setting. And it’s the architecture in this setting that makes these houses special. They don’t look to be in too bad nick either, for the most part.

  4. Is anyone speaking at the planning committee meeting, which is coming up soon?

  5. Hi Tracy,

    Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to go myself. Any volunteers?

    The planning meeting is at the council chambers in Abbey House, Abingdon, on Tuesday 21st May at 6.30PM. We really do need a representative there.

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