What is proposed?

Click on the image above to see a larger version of the master plan.

What is included?

Our proposals for the site east of London Lane, Ascott-under-Wychwood include the following key elements, which are subject to change after we have consulted the local community:

  • 7 new single storey retirement bungalows specifically designed for and restricted to people aged 55 and over
  • A new road access point to the site from London Lane
  • Retention of the majority of the mature trees on the site, to provide visually screen the site from London Lane, surrounding properties and the High Street
  • Ample off-road car parking for all homes proposed, in the form of garages and driveways
  • Central covered refuse storage and a turning point for refuse and delivery vehicles
  • Financial contributions to local community infrastructure
How will local heritage be protected?

The proposed site layout has been designed to maintain key views across the site and from key vantage points around the village and surrounding area.

The proposed new homes will be built using a palette of materials that reflect those used in the village and wider area, protecting local character and respecting the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst creating a welcoming gateway to the village when arriving from the south.

How will the site look from the outside?

The existing trees on the road frontage will be retained and maintained to preserve the secluded character of the site.

A number of new trees and green features are proposed for the site, to protect long distance views in the wider area.

Additional tree planting is proposed to protect the privacy of existing residents living in properties located to the north and south of the site.

How will the proposed homes be accessed?

The proposed development includes a new junction from London Lane. This junction will help slow traffic passing into the village and create a safe pedestrian crossing for new and existing residents.

However, retirement-living schemes generally generate far fewer road traffic movements particularly at peak times. This means that the proposed development is likely to have a neglible impact on the local highway network.

Will there be enough car parking on site?

Every new home on the site will benefit from at least one parking space, in the form of a garage, driveway or private parking space away from the property. In addition, ample visitor parking will be provided.

Raised areas of 'shared space' will be included on road surfaces within the proposed development, designed to naturally calm road vehicles and increase safety for pedestrians.

Has site ecology been considered?

As part of any planning application that comes forward, we will include a detailed ecological impact assessment. This document will set out what habitats exist in and around the site as the moment and what measures we need to take to mitigate the impact of the development on these habitats.

Initial surveys have found that any impacts on existing habitats and wildlife migration paths can be mitigated as part of the proposals.

Will building new homes increase local flood risk?

We propose to build a new drainage system on-site, comprising balancing ponds connected by a network of channels across the site.

This system will minimise flood risk for new residents on-site to ensure that it is within acceptable levels. It will also ensure that the proposed development will not increase flood risk for neighbouring properties, Ascott-under-Wychwood or the wider area.

How could the proposed new homes look?

Artists impressions of the proposed development - click to enlarge

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