The Development

Gladman are proposing a new development of 280 homes off White Post Road in Bodicote.

The first, and most important thing to remember about these plans is that they are in Bodicote, not Banbury as Gladman’s propaganda states.

280 New homes proposed for Bodicote

According to Gladman, their housing proposals will bring:

  • New high quality housing;
  • Affordable housing (up to 30% / 84 no dwellings);
  • Over 50% formal and informal public open space on site including space for a new cricket pitch;
  • Improved / enhanced footpath / cycle links;
  • Drop off car parking facility for the primary school on White Post Lane
  • Increased spending and customers to support local businesses and facilities such as the local school.
  • Access to the development will be provided off White Post Road with footpath / cyclepaths;
  • Youth games court.

Let’s examine these plans.

New high quality housing

Bodicote does not need any more homes. Our allocation of new homes has already been exceeded ten-fold with the Longford Park development and the Cotefield site. According to the Local Plan, as a Category A Village, we have to take an allocation of circa 85 new homes.

Affordable housing (up to 30% / 84 no dwellings)

We know all too well that Gladman want this greenbelt land to maximise profits. Referring to the site as Banbury on the application will quickly turn to it being in Bodicote if it comes to selling the homes (Longford park is officially a Banbury development, but all marketing materials refer to it being in Bodicote to maximise house prices).

Over 50% formal and informal public open space on site including space for a new cricket pitch

That means there’s going to be 50% less open space there than there is already. The development will not create open space, it will reduce it.

Improved / enhanced footpath / cycle links

The only footpaths or cycle links that will be needed are the ones for the new homes. You’re not improving anything.

Drop off car parking facility for the primary school on White Post Lane

Anyone that lives in Bodicote already knows the morning chaos that is White Post Road. Building a small carpark for School traffic will do nothing to reduce the effect of an additional 300+ cars emptying out from the development into White Post Road in the mornings.

It is already dangerous for school children – this will simply make it worse.

Increased spending and customers to support local businesses and facilities such as the local school

Spending on what? Will that be Bodicote Primary School or a school in Banbury. If the developer is offering to make contributions to Bodicote-based facilities, then the development is in fact in Bodicote, not Banbury as they are currently stating.

Access to the development will be provided off White Post Road with footpath / cyclepaths

Again, they fail to metion the spine road they are planning to put in here – this will potentially link White Post Road to the development on the Bloxham Road in Banbury – creating another rat-run from the village to the other side of Banbury. Wykham Lane is already over-used for this purpose.

Youth games court.

If they hadn’t already noticed, Kingsfield already provides a pretty large space for local villagers to play games, not sure a new games court is a ‘benefit’ of this development.

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