The outline application has now been registered at the District Council offices in Abingdon. The proposal is for 2,500 dwellings on the former Airfield with a mix of market and affordable houses and flats. The application can be viewed athttp://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/groveairfield
In addition to the housing, the application includes a new district centre which will include a supermarket, other shops, a library and other community facilities. Also included are plans for two primary schools, a secondary school, playing fields and other large areas of open space.
The plans for the new development have been in the pipeline for a number of years, with the site first being identified for development by the Vale in 2002.
The outline planning application includes an environmental impact assessment, a detailed design statement which includes an illustrative masterplan, and information on community consultations carried out on behalf of the developers.
The Vale is encouraging residents to voice their opinions on the proposal.
The planning application is for the public to view on the council’s website and at Abbey House in Abingdon, Grove Parish Council office's, Wantage Civic Hall and Grove library. The council would like to advise residents that staff at these locations are in no way involved with the Vale’s planning procedures and as such will not be able to answer any questions or take any comments on the plans. Residents are also reminded to check the opening times of the locations before visiting.
The date for the Vale's Planning Committee to determine the Outline Application for Grove Airfield has not yet been set, but it is expected to take place in April/May 2013.