Go-ahead for Heyford homes plan

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PLANS for more than 1,000 new homes on part of the former RAF Upper Heyford site were given the green light on Thursday night last week.

Cherwell District Council’s planning committee approved a planning application for 1,075 homes on the 189-acre site, along with a new school, playing fields and infrastructure.

Developers The Dorchester Group say the move will secure 1,000 jobs at businesses based on the former Cold War bomber base, and will allow them to plan for the future. Businesses had been reluctant to invest in new infrastucture while plans for the site’s future remained uncertain.

Paul Silver, executive director of The Dorchester Group, said: “Now we can make more detailed plans that will improve the base and further develop our vision of a lively and diverse community.

“We would like to thank all those who have supported us throughout the application process. The support of those living and working on the site has been invaluable and we hope this will continue during the next stage of the site’s future.

“Our vision has always been to refurbish the existing homes at Heyford Park in addition to developing new properties on the site, and we will be working closely with Cherwell District Council and the residents and businesses on the base to deliver the best possible future for Heyford Park.”

Hundreds of former airmen’s homes will also be renovated under the plans.

An information hotline has been set up on 0800 9889146.