Marcham Gate, land south of the A415, Marcham, Oxfordshire

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Site Update - July 2020

An Outline Planning Application for Marcham Gate has been submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council.  You can view the application here (Ref P20/V1388/O)

The Vale of White Horse District Council will carry out a formal consultation on the proposals with local residents. We will respond to any comments made during the application determination period. 

Following consultation feedback, our application includes:

  • 90 new homes with 35% affordable housing
  • In-line with the Council’s housing mix policy this will include bungalows and smaller 1, 2 and 3 bed properties
  • Maximum two storey height and a minimum distance of 21m will be maintained between the habitable rooms of the properties in the adjacent Willow Farm development to ensure privacy for existing residents
  • A minimum of 15% of the site is set aside for accessible open space. Including a ‘local area of play’ and a ‘local equipped area of play’ with off sets from the proposed housing
  • The illustrative layout has been designed to reflect the Council’s adopted Design Guidance (2015) to ensure this site delivers a high quality distinctive development
  • A footpath will be constructed to the western boundary of the site to allow connectivity into the adjacent Willow Farm development (Pye Homes)
  • The development will provide financial contributions towards the improvement of frequencies of bus services serving Marcham. This will be combined with the provision of a new bus stop serving the development and improvements to the shared footway/cycleway on the A415
  • A pedestrian crossing facility over the A415 is also proposed
  • The existing 30mph speed restriction area boundary/village gateway features will be relocated eastwards out of the village to incorporate the development site
  • Land is safeguarded for the proposed Marcham Bypass in accordance with Core Policy 12a (Safeguarding of Land for Strategic Highway Improvements within the Abingdon-on-Thames and Oxford Fringe Sub-Area)
  • Greenfield sites have to ensure that surface water run-off flow is no greater than the current field run off rate, plus a further 40% to allow for future climate change.  Drainage storage (basins and swales) incorporated into the development will store surface water in times of heavy rainfall and discharge it at the existing greenfield run off rate
  • Funding to enhance local infrastructure to cater for the new development will be made available via Section 106 financial contributions paid by the housebuilder
  • The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge (£140 per sq.m) levied on the development will also generate receipts to fund improvements to healthcare facilities, green infrastructure, environmental improvements and leisure/community facilities. 15% of the CIL receipts will be passed to Marcham Parish Council to spend on local priorities
  • In accordance with new Building Regulations to be introduced in 2020 the new homes at Marcham Gate will be required to reduce carbon emissions by at least up to 20% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements). To achieve this carbon reduction the new homes will feature a range of technology including photovoltaic (solar) panels, heat pumps, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss
  • In accordance with Council policy the development has been designed to deliver a net gain in biodiversity through the creation of new wildlife friendly habitats

About the site

The site lies on the south-east edge of Marcham settlement, on pasture land to the south of the A415 Abingdon Road.

Visually, the site is contained to the north and west by the existing settlement, whilst views from the surrounding countryside to the east and south are very limited due to the flatness of the landscape and overlying pattern of trees and hedgerows.

In terms of landscape designations, the site does not lie within a designated landscape; there are no Registered Parks and Gardens within 3km of the Site, excluding Albert Park within Abingdon settlement.  Marcham Conservation Area lies 600m to the west with intervening settlement separating the site from the CA; and there are no public rights of way within or adjoining the site.

The site is allocated in the Vale of White Horse Local Plan Part 2. (Adopted in 2019 for residential development).  The allocation proposes 90 new homes and public open space along with safeguarding an area of land for the proposed Marcham bypass.

Planning Background

The development plan for Vale of White Horse District Council comprises:

Local Plan 2031 Part 1: Strategic Sites and Policies was adopted at Full Council in December 2016.  The Part 1 plan sets out the 'spatial strategy' and strategic policies for the district to deliver sustainable development.  It identifies the number of new homes and jobs to be provided in the area for the plan period up to 2031.  It makes provision for retail, leisure and commercial development and for the infrastructure needed to support them.

Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites complements the Part 1 plan and sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale's proportion of Oxford's housing need up to 2031, which cannot be met within the City boundaries.  It contains detailed development management policies to complement the Local Plan 2031 Part 1, which replace the saved policies of the Local Plan 2011.  It also allocates additional development sites for housing.

The site is allocated under Local Plan 2031 Part 2 Core Policy 8a for residential development of around 90 homes.

School, Doctors And Local Services Capacity

Funding to enhance local infrastructure to cater for the new development will be made available via Section 106 financial contributions paid by the housebuilder. Marcham CE Primary School has recently been expanded to cater for existing and proposed housing development and Larkmead School in Abingdon (the nearest Secondary School) has existing capacity to cater for pupils generated by the development.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge (£140 per sq.m) levied on the development will also generate receipts to fund improvements to healthcare facilities, green infrastructure, environmental improvements and leisure/community facilities. 15% of the CIL receipts will be passed to Marcham Parish Council to spend on local priorities.

The Council will also receive New Homes Bonus funding from the development. The New Homes Bonus Scheme provides cash for Council’s that allow new homes to be built in their area.  Under the scheme the Government matches the council tax raised from new homes for the first six years through the New Homes Bonus. Councils and communities work together to decide how to spend the extra funding - whether council tax discounts for local residents, boosting frontline services like rubbish collection or providing local facilities like swimming pools and leisure centres.

Looking For A New Home?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year.

  • The average price of a home in Marcham is £386,712 (Source: Rightmove) compared to the average house price in the UK of £235,298 (Source: Land Registry)
  • A first-time buyer would need a deposit of £38,672 based on the current average house price in Marcham

Sustainability

The proposals include a range of measures that will assist in mitigating climate change; both in the layout of the development and the construction of dwellings.

A Sustainability Statement has been prepared in support of the application demonstrating how the scheme seeks to address issues that contribute towards climate change.

In accordance with new Building Regulations to be introduced in 2020 the new homes at Marcham Gate will be required to reduce carbon emissions by at least up to 20% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements).

To achieve this carbon reduction the new homes will feature a range of technology including photovoltaic (solar) panels, heat pumps, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss

What Is Affordable Housing?

Affordable housing is a combination of social rented, affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

Site Update - July 2020

An Outline Planning Application for Marcham Gate has been submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council.  You can view the application here (Ref P20/V1388/O)

The Vale of White Horse District Council will carry out a formal consultation on the proposals with local residents. We will respond to any comments made during the application determination period. 

Following consultation feedback, our application includes:

  • 90 new homes with 35% affordable housing
  • In-line with the Council’s housing mix policy this will include bungalows and smaller 1, 2 and 3 bed properties
  • Maximum two storey height and a minimum distance of 21m will be maintained between the habitable rooms of the properties in the adjacent Willow Farm development to ensure privacy for existing residents
  • A minimum of 15% of the site is set aside for accessible open space. Including a ‘local area of play’ and a ‘local equipped area of play’ with off sets from the proposed housing
  • The illustrative layout has been designed to reflect the Council’s adopted Design Guidance (2015) to ensure this site delivers a high quality distinctive development
  • A footpath will be constructed to the western boundary of the site to allow connectivity into the adjacent Willow Farm development (Pye Homes)
  • The development will provide financial contributions towards the improvement of frequencies of bus services serving Marcham. This will be combined with the provision of a new bus stop serving the development and improvements to the shared footway/cycleway on the A415
  • A pedestrian crossing facility over the A415 is also proposed
  • The existing 30mph speed restriction area boundary/village gateway features will be relocated eastwards out of the village to incorporate the development site
  • Land is safeguarded for the proposed Marcham Bypass in accordance with Core Policy 12a (Safeguarding of Land for Strategic Highway Improvements within the Abingdon-on-Thames and Oxford Fringe Sub-Area)
  • Greenfield sites have to ensure that surface water run-off flow is no greater than the current field run off rate, plus a further 40% to allow for future climate change.  Drainage storage (basins and swales) incorporated into the development will store surface water in times of heavy rainfall and discharge it at the existing greenfield run off rate
  • Funding to enhance local infrastructure to cater for the new development will be made available via Section 106 financial contributions paid by the housebuilder
  • The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge (£140 per sq.m) levied on the development will also generate receipts to fund improvements to healthcare facilities, green infrastructure, environmental improvements and leisure/community facilities. 15% of the CIL receipts will be passed to Marcham Parish Council to spend on local priorities
  • In accordance with new Building Regulations to be introduced in 2020 the new homes at Marcham Gate will be required to reduce carbon emissions by at least up to 20% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements). To achieve this carbon reduction the new homes will feature a range of technology including photovoltaic (solar) panels, heat pumps, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss
  • In accordance with Council policy the development has been designed to deliver a net gain in biodiversity through the creation of new wildlife friendly habitats

About the site

The site lies on the south-east edge of Marcham settlement, on pasture land to the south of the A415 Abingdon Road.

Visually, the site is contained to the north and west by the existing settlement, whilst views from the surrounding countryside to the east and south are very limited due to the flatness of the landscape and overlying pattern of trees and hedgerows.

In terms of landscape designations, the site does not lie within a designated landscape; there are no Registered Parks and Gardens within 3km of the Site, excluding Albert Park within Abingdon settlement.  Marcham Conservation Area lies 600m to the west with intervening settlement separating the site from the CA; and there are no public rights of way within or adjoining the site.

The site is allocated in the Vale of White Horse Local Plan Part 2. (Adopted in 2019 for residential development).  The allocation proposes 90 new homes and public open space along with safeguarding an area of land for the proposed Marcham bypass.

Planning Background

The development plan for Vale of White Horse District Council comprises:

Local Plan 2031 Part 1: Strategic Sites and Policies was adopted at Full Council in December 2016.  The Part 1 plan sets out the 'spatial strategy' and strategic policies for the district to deliver sustainable development.  It identifies the number of new homes and jobs to be provided in the area for the plan period up to 2031.  It makes provision for retail, leisure and commercial development and for the infrastructure needed to support them.

Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites complements the Part 1 plan and sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale's proportion of Oxford's housing need up to 2031, which cannot be met within the City boundaries.  It contains detailed development management policies to complement the Local Plan 2031 Part 1, which replace the saved policies of the Local Plan 2011.  It also allocates additional development sites for housing.

The site is allocated under Local Plan 2031 Part 2 Core Policy 8a for residential development of around 90 homes.

School, Doctors And Local Services Capacity

Funding to enhance local infrastructure to cater for the new development will be made available via Section 106 financial contributions paid by the housebuilder. Marcham CE Primary School has recently been expanded to cater for existing and proposed housing development and Larkmead School in Abingdon (the nearest Secondary School) has existing capacity to cater for pupils generated by the development.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge (£140 per sq.m) levied on the development will also generate receipts to fund improvements to healthcare facilities, green infrastructure, environmental improvements and leisure/community facilities. 15% of the CIL receipts will be passed to Marcham Parish Council to spend on local priorities.

The Council will also receive New Homes Bonus funding from the development. The New Homes Bonus Scheme provides cash for Council’s that allow new homes to be built in their area.  Under the scheme the Government matches the council tax raised from new homes for the first six years through the New Homes Bonus. Councils and communities work together to decide how to spend the extra funding - whether council tax discounts for local residents, boosting frontline services like rubbish collection or providing local facilities like swimming pools and leisure centres.

Looking For A New Home?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year.

  • The average price of a home in Marcham is £386,712 (Source: Rightmove) compared to the average house price in the UK of £235,298 (Source: Land Registry)
  • A first-time buyer would need a deposit of £38,672 based on the current average house price in Marcham

Sustainability

The proposals include a range of measures that will assist in mitigating climate change; both in the layout of the development and the construction of dwellings.

A Sustainability Statement has been prepared in support of the application demonstrating how the scheme seeks to address issues that contribute towards climate change.

In accordance with new Building Regulations to be introduced in 2020 the new homes at Marcham Gate will be required to reduce carbon emissions by at least up to 20% (compared to homes built to current energy efficiency requirements).

To achieve this carbon reduction the new homes will feature a range of technology including photovoltaic (solar) panels, heat pumps, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss

What Is Affordable Housing?

Affordable housing is a combination of social rented, affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

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