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Land West of Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale

Stanford, Kemp & Kemp

OPEN was appointed in 2015 to progress Landscape and Masterplanning proposlas for the site ‘Land at West of Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale’ to support a Local Plan submission for examination. Stanford in the Vale is located centrally within the Vale of White Horse within a predominantly rural agricultural setting. It sits approximately 10km north west of Wantage and 8km south east of Faringdon with the river Ock running to the south where it is joined by the Holywell Brook. The parish is recognised as falling within a broad landscape area described as ‘The Lowland Vale’. This area lies between the AONB and the North Vale Corallian Ridge. The area is characterised by a patchwork quilt of fields, farms and villages, providing a distinctive setting to long views from surrounding higher land.

The site at Stanford in the Vale is part of a wider allocation identified within the Local Plan 2031 Part 1 as a Strategic Site which can accommodate up to 200 new homes. An initial high level study took into account context and site analysis, considered obvious constraints and opportunities, landscape impact and illustrated a concept framework plan for the site. This concept and approach were subsequently progressed to take into account pre-application advice and findings from site surveys and technical information and a final concept with associated design principles prepared to ensure a sympathetic extension to the village would emerge. The final designs were subject to significant public consultation prior to the lodging of an Outline Planning application which was consented in December 2016.