Monthly Archives: June 2017


[Update 8th July. The Save Loyd Road Campaign is making great progress in coordinating residents in both town and village. They've lobbied our local politicians, made the press, and have won the support of Didcot Town Council Planning Committee who have objected to the scheme. The Save Loyd Road Campaign website is here. Their Facebook page is here.]

Catesby Estates has made an outline planning application. They propose a 135 unit estate on a field East of Park Road. The field is in East Hagbourne Parish on the Didcot Town boundary. 

As there are multiple speculators in our midst you may be confused what’s (not) planned where. To help you out there’s an map here

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We’re not anti-housing. But we are pro-plan and here’s another development of some concern.

Catesby Estates Ltd. is promoting a scheme in East Hagbourne. It is on the east side of Park Road, south of the Didcot / East Hagbourne Parish boundary (see the location in Google maps). Presently the distinctive ridge and furrow field is sheep grazing pasture. In the future it could be a 135 unit estate. And an estate with a road layout that facilitates further development in adjacent fields. 

The developer has leafletted houses in Didcot and launched a consultation website. You'll find a Design and Access Statement on the site which provides some detail into their proposal. They claim to have already lodged an application with SODC, although non appears to be on SODC’s planning portal. Catesby are not builders and we assume they are promoting the scheme on behalf of a landowner. 

Catesby’s glossy website tells us …

Catesby seeks to interact with local communities as soon as possible within the planning process. Catesby holds meetings, workshops, events and exhibitions with key stakeholders and the public and acknowledges the significant role that they play within the planning process.

Yeah right. Catesby are cynically ignoring the development’s location in East Hagbourne Parish. While folk in East Hagbourne have been ignored they’re entirely free to join their neighbours in Didcot in letting Catesby know what they think. You can do this using the link below. And once the planning application is live you'll be able to tell SODC what you think too.

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