Our work at this pretty village – the home of ITV’s award-winning drama Downton Abbey – highlights the speed with which Gallagher Estates operates.
We identified the seven-hectare site to the west of Bampton in West Oxfordshire and entered into an option agreement for the future promotion of the site in 2016. There was a window of opportunity created by the council having neither a Local Plan in place nor a five-year housing supply.
We worked up a planning application in parallel with our promotion of the site through the West Oxfordshire Local Plan and submitted it immediately after the option agreement was concluded. The exercising of the option agreement and establishing the value of the site was achieved in under six weeks.
We dealt with numerous issues raised by consultees and local residents and were successful in securing a resolution to grant planning consent in March 2017 for 160 homes including 40 per cent affordable housing.