“Local Plan Part 1 specified that the whole Monk's Farm area should have around 885 homes and circa 6 ha of employment land, subject to master planning. There is no increase in employment in any of the applications so far but applications have already been approved or recommended for approval for 768 homes so this application will exceed the number included in the local plan by 105 homes. None of the applications submitted so far include the 6 ha of employment land so once again we seem to be getting homes but not jobs. We object to the application on the grounds that it is overdevelopment of the area (exceeding the allocation in the local plan by more than 100 homes) and does not provide the employment land required by the local plan. This will add even more traffic to our congested roads as residents must commute to areas of employment, health facilities, shops and leisure facilities.
Also, the electrification of the rail line to the north of this site will increase the speed and frequency of trains so should the application be approved we would ask that money be put aside to upgrade the rail crossing on the public right of way to the North West of this site to a bridge and the public footpath to the north east of the site be diverted so that it also uses the new bridge.”
According to the Local Plan part 1 the whole area should support 6 hectares of employment land and a total of 883 homes. There are now applications for 988 homes but no additional employment facilities. This does not match the outline plan and without employment creates more residents commuting out of the area on roads which are already over capacity.
It also leaves a small part of the Grove Northern Relief Road at the western end unfinished.
See our Wantage and Grove Map for detailed locations.