The North Witney Land Consortium is proposing to build up to 1,400 homes in the area of land that stretches from Woodstock Road, across the top of New Yatt Road, all the way to Hailey Road. Despite numerous valid objections from NWAG, Hailey Parish Council, Witney Town Council and numerous WODC councillors, and private individuals, WODC have continued to include North Witney in their housing plans.

 

A key part of the plan is the building of the West End Link Road (WELR) from the roundabout at the bottom of Hailey Road, across the River Windrush and coming out by the traffic lights on Mill Street. Given all the extra traffic created by the new development, this will only increase traffic problems in the town and create more congestion. Traffic on West End, Hailey Road and Farmers Close will more than double, with air quality issues likely on West End.

 

This area has been subject to major flooding, most notably in 2007 with the flooding of houses in the Hailey Road, Bridge Street and West End areas. The land earmarked for housing is on a clay soil so water quickly runs off, it also has three major tributaries feeding into it, a recipe for further flooding. 

 

The network of footpaths through the land are enjoyed by residents, and offer views of surrounding countryside and over Witney. WODC’s own report says it’s a landscape worth preserving.