The planning inspector has thrown out an appeal by Taylor Wimpey for a more traditional add-on to Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners’ [RSHP] ground-breaking Oxley Woods housing scheme
Earlier this year Milton Keynes Council rejected the plans for a second phase of the development by St Albans-based CMYK, saying the designs were out of keeping with the already built, Manser Medal-winning kit of parts homes.
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, which had previously failed with a similar proposal for the plot, appealed against the rejection. But planning inspector Michael Boniface, said the proposed 26-home scheme would ‘harm the character of the immediate area’ and would be a ‘stark contrast’ to the existing RSHP-designed development.
Taylor Wimpey had opted to move away from the off-site construction method used by RSHP in the first phase of the development - which has been affected by leaks - proposing a more traditional brick-built scheme.
Boniface said: ‘[The proposed scheme] would be a stark contrast to the dense form of development.’
He added: ‘The development would result in an incongruous appearance that would harm the character of the immediate area, as well as the structure and street hierarchy of the wider Oxley Park development. The proposed development fails to respect its context and the local distinctiveness of the area.’
Despite issues with the RSHP-designed homes at Oxley Woods (What went wrong with Oxley Woods?), residents previously told the AJ that they ‘loved’ their homes and suggested that problems were not down to its ‘non-conformist’ design (AJ 03.07.13).
Residents were angered by the decision to opt for a more traditional approach for the second phase and were vociferously against CMYK’s designs.
Oxley Woods resident Chris Littlecott tweeted that the decision was a ‘win for localism and good design’.
Taylor Wimpey, said they were ‘disappointed’ by the decision. A spokesperson for the housebuilder said: ‘We are disappointed with the Planning Inspector’s decision to refuse our application for the final phase of homes at Oxley Woods and we are currently reviewing our options for this site.’
CMYK have been contacted for comment.