Plans for new homes in Thame rejected by councillors

Don Butler
Don Butler

The threat of excessive traffic and over-development were among the reasons an application for seven new houses was recommended for rejection by Thame Town Council.

Claims that the development would be unneighbourly and a poor design were also behind the decision.

The countryside officer has also raised concerns about the presence of a non-native, ‘extremely invasive’ plant on the site.

A final decision on the proposal to demolish existing houses and commercial buildings at 46 Southern Road and build the new homes is expected to be made by South Oxfordshire District Council on August 31.

The plans receieved a great deal of responses from people in the area, especially from residents of the nearby Sharman Beer Court.

Residents of one house, Mr and Mrs Nixon, said: “Southern Road is already a bottleneck for traffic and the recent completion of Windmill Place has already added to this problem.

“To add a further seven to 10 cars from this development will add to the frustration and dangers already experienced by both drivers and pedestrians who use this area every day.”

However, not all residents opposed the plans. Joan James said the development would mean more light could enter her home.

But Councillor Don Butler said: “It would generate too much traffic. It’s as simple as that.”

Meanwhile, the countryside officer noticed a large stand of Japanese knotweed spreading to the neighbouring garden.

Once established, this is difficult to get rid of and it can out-compete most other vegetation, with implications for wildlife, amenity, and other land uses.

All parts of the plant are considered contaminated waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Soil contaminated with Japanese knotweed may not be reused and must be disposed of at a licensed landfill site.

The officer recommend if planning permission is granted a suitable condition should be imposed to ensure the safe removal of the species from the site.