Planners to decide on housing development

Exhibition by Land & Partners Ltd on plans for 250 home estate in Winslow. Pictured Winslow resident Gaynor Richmond discusses the plans with Jonathan Harbottle from Land & Partners Ltd
Exhibition by Land & Partners Ltd on plans for 250 home estate in Winslow. Pictured Winslow resident Gaynor Richmond discusses the plans with Jonathan Harbottle from Land & Partners Ltd
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A planning application for a proposed 250-home development in Winslow which has so far received strong support from local residents was submitted this week.

The firm behind the project, Land & Partners Ltd (L&P), have amended their original proposals following a public consultation exercise during September, including an exhibition over two days in Winslow Public Hall.

And this week the Amersham-based firm submitted its outline planning application for the new estate on land East of Furze Lane, Winslow, which is designated for development in the draft Winslow Neighbourhood Plan.

L&P director Jonathan Harbottle said: “We were very pleased to receive such a strong message of support, with 94 per cent welcoming our plans. I think local people are keen to determine positively where development is to be located in their town.

“We are adjacent to the new rail station and connect directly into the existing and proposed facilities and services on nearby sites. We have listened to the constructive suggestions made by people.”

As a result of public feedback, the proposed range of housing has been widened to include higher-density, smaller homes close to the railway station and improved routes to existing and proposed development sites.

Greater attention has been paid to how the layout fits with the existing character of the town and steps have been taken to avoid the loss of Furze Lane’s rural character.

The planned layout has also been amended to better accommodate the stream and root systems of existing trees and hedgerows.

L&P is maintaining its dedicated website www.winslow-vision.com and continues to welcome comments, particularly from people expressing interest in self- build plots on the site.

Meanwhile, a second application to build on the site of a big Victorian house in Station Road, Winslow, is now before planners.

An application earlier this year by W.E. Black Ltd to demolish 23 Station Road and build 14 two-storey family houses was unpopular with local people and was turned down by planners at AVDC.

The new application, no 13/02437/APP, involves the partial demolition and refurbishment of the existing house plus the construction of 10 two-storey houses.

Several objections have already been received.

It is not yet known whether the application will be considered by AVDC’s development control committee or by an officer under delegated powers.