The appeal from developers for 150 houses in Chinnor along the Thame Road has been dismissed.
The inspector walked around the locality and disagreed with the developer’s assertions.
He said: “to conclude on this case, I have found significant harm to the character of the landscape and a very marked adverse visual impact which both merit significant negative weight. Moderate negative weight is to be attached to the loss of best and most versatile agricultural land. When these are combined with the conflict with the development plan, I find that the adverse impacts of these considerations would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the appeal proposal, when assessed against the Framework as a whole. Accordingly, the appeal is to be dismissed.”
Interestingly, the inspector calculates a 3.49-year land supply for SODC, not the five years it needs to fight off developers.