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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