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Building east of Carterton better than west
10:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Letters
Sir – In answer to Selwyn Sharrock (Gazette, October 9), I imagine that there were sound planning reasons for Shilton Park to be built on the eastern side of Carterton and this is also the case for the current Carterton East option.
In all the war of words fired by Brize Norton residents they should think of this point. It was obviously in the minds of West Oxfordshire’s planning professionals when they recommended that cabinet members should approve the idea of going out to public consultation on the east option, rather than the west.
The councillors were aware that the number of houses proposed was reduced from 1,000 to 700 and that large swathes of land are being provided as a green gap, which will not be built on, since it will be in the control of the district council or Brize Norton Parish Council.
The country park will be extended for the enjoyment of both communities.
One of the reasons why the east option was put forward by West Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County Council was that the majority of traffic leaving the town in the morning goes east towards Oxford and Witney and the opposite direction in the evening.
Why place new houses further away from where commuters want to go, especially as it would mean transiting through Carterton which already has traffic problems, particularly at peak times?
This will grow worse once the Morrisons supermarket opens its doors.
Sound planning and common sense should always prevail over the destruction of a beautiful piece of countryside (the Carterton West option), one of the few open areas within walking distance of Carterton where families can walk and cycle in safety on the footpaths and bridle paths.
Ray Anniss, Edgeworth Drive, Carterton
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