Local Planning (cont)
Despite strenuous efforts at all levels of local government the development to the east of Drayton Road immediately behind Virginia Way was given planning permission in March 2015. Taylor Wimpey, the current owners of the site, had submitted a marginally different plan from that submitted by the original applicants (Hallam Land Management), but none of the issues of greatest concern (extra traffic on Drayton Road, poor access to schools, shops, and other amenities) had been addressed. However, as Oxfordshire County Council had caved in to legal pressure from Taylor Wimpey and given permission for the pedestrian crossings in Ock Street and Marcham Road to be re-sited ‘to improve traffic flow’, which has now been done. Preliminary work on the site has started.
The application by Cockspur Property to demolish 55-59 Stert Street and Abbey Court and erect a bock of nine flats, four town houses, and one maisonette received planning permission in February 2015. To date no work has started.
In July 2014 the application for the erection of two houses on the cleared site at 65 Oxford Road was resubmitted and permission was granted in December 2014. To date no work has started, and the site, which was cleared in January 2014, has become an eyesore.
The Planning Authority
The planning authority for Abingdon is the Vale of White Horse District Council. Abingdon Town Council has the right to make recommendations on every planning application in Abingdon and its planning committee meets every three weeks and reports to the Vale on a regular basis. The public has a right to attend meetings and can speak under certain conditions. In the past, Ward Councillors for both the Town and the Vale have regularly attended planning meetings to support constituents.