Objections continue as number of houses for proposed estate in village reduced

By James Smith

10th Jun 2024 | Local News

Kendrick Homes now wants to build 33 new houses along Westham Lane (image via planning application)
Kendrick Homes now wants to build 33 new houses along Westham Lane (image via planning application)

Residents have continued to object to plans to build a new housing estate in Barford, despite the developer reducing the number of proposed homes.

Kendrick Homes has been accused of trying to "ruin" the village with its scheme for the land along Westham Lane.

Over 50 objections had been submitted to plans to repurpose the grassland site for 35 homes, with questions over parking, the need for more houses and overdevelopment all raised.

Kendrick has since reduced the number of proposed houses to 33, 13 of which will be designated as affordable housing.

"The planned proposed for 33 No. dwellings have been noted to include a variety of different house types and sizes, ranging from two- to four-bedroom dwellings, including semi-detached, terraced and detached properties, as well as a single block of four flats," the updated report said.

"Each property has a garden proposed to the rear."

The developer has described the scheme as a "logical infill" for the village with a mixture of one to five bedroom homes.

But the updated plans have still not been met favourably by locals.

"Accessing the estate is already a challenge and the A429 is already riddled with heavy traffic at peak times, adding more construction vehicles to this will cause huge disruptions to locals," objector Saurabh Shah wrote.

"Not to mention when residents park cars on the pavement Emergency vehicles have a hard time entering the site let alone additional site traffic and therefore I am against the proposed development."

Ian Paterson said: "The reduction by two properties in the revised application makes no material difference whatsoever to this major concern."

Meanwhile Michelle Adam wrote: "I strongly object to this proposal for many reasons.

"The minor alterations to the previous proposal and the meagre reduction in dwellings by two shows that the proposers are not taking the previous objections seriously.

"This therefore raises much worry and doubt that they can deliver this proposal adhering to the strict rules in place or with consideration of the current residents.

"My main objections are on the grounds of safety and pollution."

But Kendrick said the plans would not have a major impact on the village.

"The proposed development is relatively modest, designed to respect the local vernacular and surroundings, and includes existing landscape buffers to the north, east, south and west," the application said. 

"This allows an instant landscape strategy which, in conjunction with additional on site plot planting and would further reinforce the visual aesthetic."

See the full application here.


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