A34 Lodgehill Diamond Interchange and 900 new houses in Abingdon got the go ahead today

A34 Slips
The postponed VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) planning meeting to decide on outline planning permission for an estate of 800 houses north of Abingdon took place at the Amey Theatre in Abingdon School.

The meeting had been postponed because the Environment Agency had an objection, which has now been overcome with some modifications to the plan by CEG, the developer, who we learned had been working on this scheme for several years, and even worked closely with the VWHDC to get the VWHDC local plan adopted – which allows these 800 houses.
A34 Slips
A government announcement earlier today removed the issue that could have held up the plan . It was dependent on the south facing slipways to the A34 at Lodge Hill being built to ease traffic in Abingdon. That slipway scheme will now receive about £9.45m over four years from central government. And central government has further funds to help open the way to new developments, allowing Oxfordshire County Council to feel confident they can ‘forward fund’ the rest – even before developer funding becomes available.

Oxfordshire County Council are now saying the slips could be open by the end of 2020.
A34 Slips
After the news of the A34 Lodgehill Diamond Interchange the rest of the detail was largely nodded through by the committee in a unanimous vote to allow the 900 houses.

People speaking against had asked that no houses be built until the new slipway to the A34 is built. 400 houses will be allowed. It was noted by objectors that the number of houses has now gone up from 800 to 900. Somehow that was explained by the council officer as being only ‘up to 900′. There will be less 2 bedroom houses, and more 3,4 and 5 houses. That was explained by the council officer as market forces.

On the positive side there was a commitment by CEG that 35% of the total will be affordable housing. There will also be a central area with primary school, community hub, and shop(s). CEG were praised even by some objectors for listening to the community, and said they would continue to listen.

10 Comments July 26, 2017

Old Abbey House – lead removed

Old Abbey House
The lead appears to have disappeared from the roof of Old Abbey House Porch, and an attempt has been made to remove the lead from the window. The building has not been used a great deal since Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council moved out in June 2014. The Vale of White Horse did make efforts to sell it at that time but withdrew it from sale after protests . There was the hope that a community minded group would be able to take it over for an arts centre of something similar.

There are also signs round the back that the flat part of the roof has been disturbed.

6 Comments July 25, 2017

Hobbs and Kempster

Hobbs and Kempster
This is Hobbs Close in Abingdon.
Hobbs and Kempster
And here is the view looking down Hobbs Close towards Audlett Drive with the trees that shield Abingdon Science Park behind.
Hobbs and Kempster
The adjoining road is called Kempster Close. What connects ‘Hobbs’ and ‘Kempster’ apart from the path between the two closes?

4 Comments July 24, 2017

2p per button at Masons

2p per button
At Masons, on Bath Street, there was an outside display of buttons going for 2p per button.
2p per button
The bargain box of buttons has a plastic tumbler so that customers can help themselves in a pick-a-mix way.

Masons, on Bath Street, is an old fashion haberdasher selling dress fabrics – piled high, craft fabric, paints, dyes, and buttons.

I am trying to imagine what people will do with a tumbler full of buttons.We are far more used to pushing buttons these days, rather than searching through Grandma’s button box, for a missing button to exactly match a dress, suit or pyjamas.

Leave a Comment July 23, 2017

Abingdon Drama Club Walk – hit by summer holiday weather curse

Abingdon Drama Club Walk
The Abingdon Drama Club annual Thames walk met at the Millenium Needle this morning – that is the pointy thing near the Abbey Gardens.

The walk was organised by Kevin – a stage manager from the club. He also organises tourist walks about Abingdon.
Abingdon Drama Club Walk
They set off at 11am. The route was Abingdon – Lower Radley – Sandford Lock – Oxford. Kevin asked for “Sensible shoes please. Bring plenty of water, sun screen and some waterproofs (you never know!!), oh and maybe a hat.

He had also hoped for good weather but the rain started to fall before they reached Lower Radley, and continues all the way to Oxford.

The Daily Mail summed up the performance, “You can just tell the summer holidays have started.”

The Daily Mirror saw it as a “Summer holidays ‘weather curse’”.

1 Comment July 22, 2017

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