Saltway Properties

Posted in: Questions | Posted on: October 23, 2015

The question

Do you know if any suggestions/proposals are taking into account the residents who live on Saltway who’s properties are still in the parish of Bodicote? Is the access to the properties being considered in any documents you are aware of?

Bodicote at Risk Answer

I presume you are talking about Salt Way Nursery and The Coach House?

No documents I have seen, so far, affect access to either properties. That could change in the future of course, as the original plans to have a junction attached to the spine road, have now been altered in favour of a roundabout opposite Bishop Loveday School.
Documents on the Cherwell District Council’s Planning Portal are checked regularly so if there any changes we will let you know.

As far as those properties are concerned in regards to being in Bodicote Parish, both properties are contained well within in the village. There is a buffer surrounding the plot on all the image documents I have seen. But without confirmation from Cherwell District Council that the development site will remain in bodicote, it is almost impossible to answer.

There is the issue surrounding the referral of the development site as ‘White Post Road, Banbury’ not ‘White Post Road, Bodicote’. And Cherwell District Council keep referring to the site as ‘Banbury’s urban extension’ when the site is firmly in Bodicote Parish. As we have already witnessed with Longford Park, the impending relocation of Banbury Football Club and the proposal for a new secondary school, CDC have no qualms whatsoever in removing parish land and claiming it as their own.

We are very concerned that this could also happen with the White Post Road site resulting in further land loss within the village, increased coalescence between Banbury and Bodicote and the real threat, in years to come, of the village being engulfed.

Recent communication with Cherwell District Councillors through Councillor Christine Heath ( Vice-Chairman Councillor of CDC and Councillor representing Bloxham and Bodicote Ward) asked the following questions  –

1. Is the development for which planning application (ref 15/01326/OUT) has been submitted by Gladman actually in Bodicote or in Banbury? It is the strong belief of most people, including the Parish Council, that it is in Bodicote.

The application relates to a site that is part of an area of land allocated for an urban extension to the south of Banbury in the Council’s Local Plan 2011-2031. Whether the application site falls within the administrative areas of Banbury Town or Bodicote Parish is not relevant for the purposes of considering its planning merits. However, the impact of development proposals on Banbury and Bodicote must be considered.

Factually, the Gladman’s application does fall within the Bodicote Parish. However, the Local Plan provides for strategic extension to Banbury that is necessary to meet the District’s housing needs and by definition extends beyond the existing town limits. The acceptability of an urban extension in this location was considered through the Local Plan Examination and proposals must be considered having regard to Policy Banbury 17 of the Local Plan.

5. Does CDC intend to change the boundaries of Bodicote / Banbury in order to ‘move’ the area covered by Banbury 17 from Bodicote to Banbury, and thereby get around points number 1 to 3?

Whether the application site lies within Bodicote or Banbury administrative areas is not a material planning consideration and is therefore not a matter relevant to the merits of the current application. The Council is however currently in the process of carrying out a parish/town council boundary review across the whole of the District with a report due to be considered shortly by the Council and, if endorsed, changes are expected to be introduced later in 2016. The land south of the Salt Way is however not proposed to change as part of this review. The Council would need to consider the merits of this as part of its next periodic review of parish/town council boundaries which is typically every 3-4 years. Except in certain exceptional circumstances, boundary reviews cannot occur within at least 2 years of a previous review.

6. What does CDC intend to do in respect of public consultation on number 5 above? No-one is aware of any opportunity so far to input to this.

As stated above, the Council currently has no immediate plans to consider further boundary reviews and so there is not a consultation process in which to be involved with. This position would however be kept under review and re-assessed as part of the next phase of boundary reviews.

Councillor Lynda Thirzie Smart ( other Councillor representing Bloxham and Bodicote Ward) was also asked the same questions –

1. Is the development for which planning application (ref 15/01326/OUT) has been submitted by Gladman actually in Bodicote or in Banbury? It is the strong belief of most people, including the Parish Council, that it is in Bodicote. 

I believe that most if not all of the application site lies within the Bodicote Parish boundary.  However, I should point out that much of the housing on the east of the Oxford Road is presently within Bodicote parish.  Cherwell plan to incorporate this housing into Banbury next year.

5. Does CDC intend to change the boundaries of Bodicote / Banbury in order to ‘move’ the area covered by Banbury 17 from Bodicote to Banbury, and thereby get around points number 1 to 3? 

As I have said above, the houses to the east of the Oxford Road are to be moved into Banbury next year and I suspect the same would apply to any other massive housing estate that was effectively a

6. What does CDC intend to do in respect of public consultation on number 5 above? No-one is aware of any opportunity so far to input to this. 

I am sure consultation would be required before a boundary change could be implemented but what impact the outcome of that consultation would have is anyone’s guess.

 

 

 

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