Council launches High Court challenge over Chinnor developments

Released on November 24, 2015

South Oxfordshire District Council has launched a High Court challenge against a planning inspector’s decision to allow two large housing developments to be built on the edge of Chinnor.

The district council had refused to allow planning permission for up to 80 homes on land adjoining Greenwood Avenue (P14/S0953/O) and 120 homes east of Crowell Road (P14/S1586/O).  

The council considered that both schemes, which were to be located outside the main built up area of the village, would cause harm to the character and environment of the local area, and were contrary to a number of council policies on development.

The developers appealed and an inspector overturned both decisions. 

In overturning the two decisions the inspector did not support the council’s concerns. The Inspector commented that she considered there to be gaps in the council’s Core Strategy policies for site allocations in larger villages and applied the National Planning Policy Framework which sets out a presumption in favour of sustainable development. 

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, Cabinet Member for Development, Building Control and Housing, said: “We aim for sound planning decisions in South Oxfordshire and are committed to ensuring that development only happens in suitable locations.  We are currently dealing with a number of similar planning applications so are determined to help ensure that our residents are protected from speculative development.”