Approval for up to 950-home development in Abingdon north that will help deliver A34 Lodge Hill Interchange

Released on July 27, 2017

Plans for up to 950 homes, including more than 330 affordable, a new school, care home and community facilities have been approved by Vale of White Horse District Council, subject to conditions including the delivery of, and funding for, the A34 Lodge Hill Interchange.

Outline planning permission was granted at a meeting last night (26 June) by the council’s planning committee to Commercial Estates Group (CEG) for development on land north of Dunmore Road and Twelve Acre Drive

The plans include up to 900 homes – 35 per cent (around 330) of which will be affordable - 50 retirement homes for over-65s, a new primary school, 80-bed care home, children’s nursery, public house/restaurant, retail units, public open space, recreation area and sports pitches including a pavilion and multi-use games area.

Permission was granted subject to a condition setting out that development of the site is restricted until funding is in place and work is scheduled to deliver major improvement works to the A34 at Lodge Hill.

This includes construction of two new south-facing slip roads, which will help to relieve congestion, as well as support housing and economic growth.

Yesterday, the Government announced a £9.45 million funding boost over four years towards the scheme following a bid by Oxfordshire County Council, with the first payment likely to be made in September.

The go ahead for the CEG application will help to secure further funding of more than £3.3 million towards the Lodge Hill scheme through developer contributions.

Cllr Roger Cox, Vale of White Horse District Council’s Cabinet Member for planning, said: “This development will bring a significant number of affordable housing and community facilities. Conditions include a legal agreement with our council and Oxfordshire County Council that sets out the infrastructure the developers will provide, so that everyone can be confident that this supports the new housing and development.

“This includes a condition that no more than 150 homes are occupied before confirmation is received from central government of the phasing of payments towards the Lodge Hill scheme, and no more than 400 homes prior to the county council highways authority letting the contract for delivery of the interchange. It is vital that this scheme goes ahead and the work we have done on getting this agreement in place will act as a guarantee to ensure that it happens.”

Council Leader Matthew Barber said: “I was delighted to hear yesterday of the Government’s announcement of funds towards Lodge Hill improvement works and, with the go ahead for this planning application last night, this significant improvement scheme for the A34 is taking a step forward, which is important for future housing and economic growth.

“The new development at Abingdon north will bring extra homes in line with our Local Plan 2031 and we will now be continuing to work to get the best possible agreements with developers to ensure high quality community facilities and supporting infrastructure is in place.”

You can view the planning report considered via our planning committee meeting agenda page.

For more information about the government’s funding announcement about the Lodge Hill interchange, see our news item

You can also find further information about the Lodge Hill Interchange on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.