A planning application to build homes on the site of a large Victorian house in Station Road, Winslow, has been refused for the second time.
Meanwhile, an outline planning application for a 250-home development on land to the east of Furze Lane, Winslow, is set to be considered by planners.
The plan for the site at 23 Station Road involved partial demolition and refurbishment of the existing house, demolition of outbuildings and the construction of 10 two-storey houses.
Winslow Town Council objected to the scheme on the grounds that “the entrance to the development would further reduce parking on a road that is already overburdened with parked cars and would add to traffic congestion in Station Road and in particular at the junction with Lowndes Way”.
The application was turned down by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) last Friday.
AVDC said the demolition of a substantial part of the house, the outbuilding and the wall “would cause harm to the significance of heritage assets and result in the loss of features which contribute to the character of the Conservation Area”.
It said the new build would result in “an overpowering form of development and an unacceptable loss of privacy” for neighbouring homes.
And it said the proposal fails to meet the council’s parking standards and would lead to conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
The outline planning application, no 13/02837/AOP, for up to 250 homes on land adjacent to Furze Lane, is now available to view on AVDC’s planning portal.
This follows a public exhibition by the applicants, Land & Partners Ltd, in Winslow Public Hall in September, where the idea was warmly received by residents.
The proposed new estate is on 8.23 acres of agricultural land in an area that has been earmarked for development in the draft Winslow Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The application proposes a range of home sizes and types. A total of 139 of the proposed homes are three or four-bedroom family houses.
But there are also 101 two-bedroom flats and houses and 10 one-bedroom flats, to meet the needs of households without families, such as young couples and retired people.
A total of 63 homes will be for social or affordable rent.
The plan also allows for a series of children’s play areas within the development.
The deadline for public comments on the application is November 21.