Number of proposed homes reduced following Stow consultation

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The number of homes planned for a proposed new neighbourhood in Stow-on-the-Wold has been reduced from 160 to 146 as a result of consultation with the local community.

Bovis Homes have now submitted their plans to Cotswold District Council for a development of new homes and allotments on land at Oddington Road, with other changes having been made to the proposals following input from local residents and councillors.

"As we expected, there has been a lot of interest in the plans, and we've received a lot of feedback; some of it enthusiastic and some expressing concern," said Bovis Homes strategic land director Nevin Holden. "We've worked through those concerns, and where possible we have amended the plans to reflect local feedback."

That has included reducing the original number of homes from 160 to 146, increasing the amount of landscaping and open space within the development and providing a new pedestrian footpath to link up to the existing public footpaths on Oddington Road.

"Of course not everyone is happy when you come to a community with proposals for new homes but there is an acute housing shortage and areas like Stow need homes, especially for their young people and future generations, to keep the town vibrant and thriving.

"Half of the new homes within these proposals will be designated as affordable housing to be made available to people whose current needs are not being met by the local open housing market.

"That's great news for a lot of people in the area, and while this group are not always the most vocal when it comes to such consultations, we would encourage them to view the plans on the council website and see what benefits it could bring to them and the town as a whole.

"I'd also like to thank the Stow-on-the-Wold community for their contribution to the consultation and I think these plans offer a fantastic opportunity for the area and represent a well-designed, high-quality new neighbourhood that the town can be proud of."

Public engagement activity during the pre-application period included an exhibition, meetings with the town council and a dedicated website.  The application, which includes outline plans for the whole site and detailed proposals for a new access off Oddington Road, is now available on the council's website where the public will have further opportunity to comment.