After submitting a planning application on this site in early 2013, we withdrew a subsequent appeal in March 2014 because we considered that there was a good prospect of convincing the Council that the site should be allocated for development in the Local Plan to address the shortfall of housing land arising from the conclusions of the Oxford and Oxfordshire SHMA.
We succeeded in convincing the Local Plan Examination Inspector that the housing requirement should be increased and more land for development identified.
The Local Plan Examination was suspended in June 2014 causing a delay to our application but in 2015 we successfully negotiated with the Council the inclusion of
Wykham Park Farm and in early 2019, L&Q Estates secured a satisfactory planning permission on the first phase of the land (circa 128 acres).
Outline planning was granted for up to 1,000 dwellings, a mixed-use local centre, a primary school and playing fields for the secondary school alongside other social
Post grant of planning, L&Q Estates exercised and purchased the site from the landowner in late 2019 and will service the site themselves and sell “oven ready” land parcels to housebuilders. Detailed design work is progressing and enabling works should commence on the site mid-2020. These works include the formation of a new roundabout access from the A361 together with a new link road through the site to alleviate traffic issues. As part of these works, infrastructure will be provided to open up the second option land.