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Is Oxley Woods the answer to the housing crisis?

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Thanks to Merlin for his visit and this article. In the past two days we have had an update on the planning application for the remaining unbuilt areas of the Oxley Woods site. The application now won't be decided at the intended planning committee meeting scheduled for July 11th, as Taylor Wimpey have been asked to consider feedback from council officials and to decide whether they are willing to make further design changes. At present, the recommendation on design grounds is once again for refusal. We await news of whether design changes will be put forward, and whether there will then be fresh consultations ahead of any committee decision. It should also be remembered that Taylor Wimpey was encouraged to undertake a full context appraisal and draw up some draft guidelines for discussion with residents prior to putting forward new designs. Unfortunately they decided not to do this, and neither did they undertake pre-application discussions with officials. This approach is all the more disappointing given the willingness of residents to champion the estate - we have frequently opened our homes to visitors and prospective purchasers (often doing more to sell homes than Taylor Wimpey themselves). More recently we also produced our own outline context appraisal as input to considerations by Homes and Communities Agency as to how they might market for development two neighbouring vacant sites. Residents remain willing to work with Taylor Wimpey (or indeed any other developer) to secure high quality design solutions for the completion of Oxley Woods. It's been such a pity that the approach from Taylor Wimpey has repeatedly sought to do the minimum required (and then done it poorly), rather than seeking to continue the succesful innovative approach of the original scheme. ***** Oxley Woods residents have their own website at oxleywoodsliving.co.uk . We will be updating our blog soon with more details of the planning application process.

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4 July, 2013

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9:30 am

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