‘May I recommend to those interested as to the use this land is to be put that they read as a matter of urgency the latest communication from Caroline Ford the officer in charge of this application to the Clerk and the Chair of Adderbury Parish Council.
Go to www.cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Planning; View a planning application; 18/00220/F.
It appears that a considerable amount of work has yet to be done to get this application to any sort of acceptable format. It now seems likely that consideration of it by the full Planning Committee will be delayed into June at the earliest.
In view of the progress to date one must wonder at the capabilities of those submitting this application.
It is I believe important to note that any drainage work has to be approved before any work can be started and therefore seeding that is/was due to take place within the new few weeks must, it seems be delayed until the Autumn since it cannot be done until the drainage work, if approved, has been completed. Need one query what all the rush was for?
There are other comments that bring this whole project into question.
Perhaps we the community of Adderbury may yet get a community area fit for most of if not all the village’s residents.
Peter Burrows’

‘I am absolutely horrified to see from the latest document on the Cherwell planning portal (titled Sport England 6/4/18) that the parish council plans to skim the field with a laser levelled blade to remove minor irregularities to create the level needed for pitches. These so-called minor irregularities could well be the ancient “barrow” recently mentioned in the article on www.saveadderbury.co.uk, or other archaeological remains, such as a “round house” or a “henge monument”. This whole site is so important to the history of the village and I cannot understand why the council is not treating it with the respect it deserves. To deliberately flatten the land to remove this archaeology is just vandalism to my mind.

I also see that it is planned for the site to drain into a ditch running along the northern boundary, this seems to include the piece of land given for the cemetery extension. Does this mean the Milton Rd land will drain towards the cemetery? We already have massive problems there with the ground being water-logged, and with flooding of houses on that side of Horn Hill, again I cannot understand the reasoning behind this plan.

Maybe I am the only person who cares about the archaeological value of the Milton Rd land but it seems to me that we are intent on getting rid of the very things that make Adderbury so special.

Mrs S Bradley

Comments (7)

  • Peter Burrows

    A further comment on Mrs Bradley’s contribution….The problem with the APC
    is that the majority of members of that august body have little if any respect for
    anything other than what they think we need. I do hope that they take up the
    suggested survey of residents of ‘Adderbury Fields’ and ‘Clockmakers Turn’ who
    were not consulted as they had not been placed on the electoral roll at the time
    of the poll.

    Therefore those likely to be most affected by bad language, that unfortunately
    seems to go with the ‘beautiful game’ of football, intrusive noise and lighting
    were never consulted.

    No wonder APVC were in such a rush to get their ‘change of use’ application
    through the planning process.

    I wondered if they did the seeding, promised for early May I think, if so could
    that could have been a waste of money if drainage works subsequently have
    to be carried out.

    I am delighted to see that an archaeological survey has to be carried out
    before any work can start. Let’s hope that the site is deemed too important
    to be obliterated by APFC and their friends in high places!.

    It seems that the application for change if use is now unlikely to be considered
    until August this year at the earliest.

  • Andy Green

    Ms Horner seems a little confused as to who decides what in planning circles. The decisions are made by the planning authority – Cherwell – and even they can often be over ruled by central government. So perhaps before taking a completely unfounded swipe at the Parish Council it might be worth checking what they have objected to and what they have supported as that might save having to eat a rather large slice of humble pie. As for the statement “their Philistine attitude ignoring local archaeology in order to please a minority group” – again a very misguided and inaccurate statement: firstly, archaeological requirements are overseen by the planning authority and secondly calling a decisive “yes” vote win in the Parish Poll “a minority group” smacks of sour grapes. I am not sure when Ms Horner chose to move in to our village, but as someone who has lived here all my life my suggestion is that she takes a little more care from whom she gets her “facts”.

  • Anne Horner

    It is shameful that Adderbury Parish Council care so little for this village {which can no longer be described as beautiful} as they have allowed new developments on all sides of the village. They have given no thought to all the extra traffic using the village as a “rat run” and have made no effort to install any traffic calming measures whatsoever!

    Many people, myself included, chose to live in Adderbury because of its many attributes, beautiful architecture and unspoilt surrounding countryside. However the Council seem hell bent on destroying all this. Their Philistine
    attitude ignoring local archaeology in order to please a minority group is indicative of their concern for this ancient village and its history.

  • Peter Burrows

    So, was it all done and dusted by the end of May?

  • Anne Harvey

    This sounds appalling , as is the fact that the current edition of Contact has been hijacked as a propaganda sheet for the mad zealots of the deeply-flawed neighbourhood plan. Pravda is alive, well and living in Adderbury!

  • Peter Burrows

    Sorry for the delay in posting these comments. I have been
    engaged on other matters since early May.

    Thankyou SB for a truly informative and succinct view of this
    disgraceful situation concerning the LNOMR .

    It appears that despite the probable impossibility of those
    ‘in charge’ (I use this phrase in the loosest sense) ever raising
    the two million pounds to bring this particular ‘pie in the sky’
    to fruition ‘they’ are hell bent on proceeding down that well
    known ‘primrose path to….”

  • S Bradley

    NB The drainage and levelling work is apparently going to be completed by the end of May 18.

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