Measures proposed to tackle new development issues

Action is being taken by the Council to tackle noise and pollution from a growing number of building sites in the District.

Councillors are looking to appoint an officer dedicated to liaising with developers and residents and ensuring environmental regulations are correctly enforced.

Recently there has been a three-fold increase in the number of residential developments in the District which has led to a rise in the number of complaints surrounding noise, dust and mud from existing residents.

Such problems are intended to be contained with the imposition of a construction traffic management plan but breaches, often minor non-criminal offences, have now meant planning and environment officers’ workloads have become unsustainable.

A motion has now been passed by the Council’s Development Control Committee which would see the officer ultimately appointed to oversee all new developments.

The intention is to fund the post through developer contributions allocated to community facilities.

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “There has been a major upswing in development across the District driven by the need for more housing and in the future we will have major schemes such as the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village starting.

“Developers have strict guidelines in which they have to work but increasingly we have seen these being breached. Having an officer who can liaise with developers, council planners and residents can only be beneficial for all sides.”

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