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The Parish Council is urging villagers to make their views known on the detailed planning application for 555 houses, a primary school and associated road works on land west of Wallingford known as Site B. The deadline for comments to SODC is October 9, and you can access the application here

Initial concerns from the Parish Council, set out in an email to all residents are:

1. The removal of 430m of the 20 years established trees and hedgerow along the Wallingford side of the bypass in order to accommodate a new junction from Site B onto the Wallingford bypass. If the speed limit on the bypass were reduced to 50mph the required shelter belt removal would reduce to 320m which is obviously still very significant. (The trees on the Brightwell side of the bypass are planned to remain).

2. The building of 3 storey dwellings (15m ridge height) and 2 storey houses (11m ridge height) relatively close to the western boundary (Brightwell side) of the site. The PC is concerned that these would be visible from the surrounding public footpaths and village.

3. The 3 storey dwellings are planned to be built along the access road - where the established trees will have already been removed.

In the 2014 Community Led Parish Plan, published this summer, 98% of those who replied stated that the rural setting of Brightwell is key, so protecting it from threats to the rural setting is a high priority for the Parish Council.

If you have any concerns, you are urged to tell the Parish Council, as well as making a formal response to SODC.
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