Concern new homes plan decided by ‘greed’ rather than ‘need’

The 24-houses development at Wolvercote, north of Goose Green Close, forms part of the wider £700m Oxford North initiative.

A total of 50 per cent of the Goose Green homes would be affordable with the remaining 50 per cent being market accommodation.

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Objector and Wolvercote householder Tim Metcalfe said: “This development impacts the village in so many bad ways and adds to the overdevelopment of the area.

Oxford Mail: New homes being built in Wolvercote.New homes being built in Wolvercote. (Image: Photo: Oxford Mail)

“There appears to be no consideration of the local infrastructure which is already under considerable pressure.

“The development appears to be decided by greed instead of need.”

A total of 20 public objections have been listed so far on the Oxford City Council website with traffic concerns forming a large part of these.

Objector Emma Sharif, of Godstow Road in Oxford, said: “With the Oxford North development, the Oxford Mill development and now this development planned in an already busy area, roads and problems for the environment and flooding I object to this development.

“Wolvercote and Wytham roads have been flooded as well as Port Meadow this year, more than usual.

“This has caused chaos with traffic and congestion in the local area.

“Additional houses will add to this problem.

“The pollution caused by idling traffic is horrendous in such a beautiful and what used to be a peaceful area.”

The development would lead to 20 additional car spaces and 160 cycle spaces added to the Wolvercote site.

Oxford Mail: Goose Green Close.Goose Green Close. (Image: Google Maps.)

Mere Road householder Dr Elizabeth McKellar said: “The impact on traffic flows on the major trunk roads next to the development is also concerning for anyone who wants to move anywhere by car.

“Some of us are too young, old or unable to walk or cycle.

“The hydrological impact is also extremely concerning both ecologically and in terms of flood risk.”

A planning statement says the proposed development is a “high-quality design” and has taken reference from local design characteristics and materials to “tie the proposed development back to the Oxford vernacular, as well as directly reflecting the house typology of the canalside scheme”.

It adds: “The scheme includes significant reductions in carbon emissions through the provision of a fabric first approach, seeking to reduce energy demand and serving the proposed development with non-fossil fuel solutions for heating and hot water production.”

Historic England has raised some heritage-related concerns around the application but a noise impact statement does not raise any noise-related concerns.

Oxford North is a major development which will be built by Thomas White Oxford (TWO), owned by St John’s College, on land near the A34, A40 and the A44.

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