At the end of August 2019, whilst the appeal was ongoing, the Planning Officer confirmed that a new planning application had been submitted by McCarthy & Stone [21/8/2019] based on the previous one (at appeal) but without the bungalows.This application has been validated by the Planning Department 25/10/2019 – https://planning.agileapplications.co.uk/rugby/application-details/30534
When the Appeal was heard in September 2019, McCarthy & Stone tried to introduce a reduced scheme by removing the bungalows but this was rejected by the Planning Inspector on the first day. McCarthy & Stone subsequently pulled out of the Appeal.
In the spirit of compromise, McCarthy & Stone has reached out to Save Oakfield to see if there is any prospect of a compromise with a new scheme.
Save Oakfield feedback
Save Oakfield has always been committed to saving the entire park. But rather than refusing to cooperate with McCarthy & Stone, we listened to what they had to say and made a few observations regarding a less-objectionable scheme. It is in no way an endorsement of anything McCarthy & Stone is attempting to do with Oakfield.
With the Planning Officer seemingly open to a compromise on a partial development of Oakfield back in July 2019, the Save Oakfield Group suggested that a 3-storey monolith might be better located away from residential housing on the West and South of Oakfield, situated instead on the East of the site (concept below). This would allow the park to retain its existing visual link with Bilton Road as a green space near to the Town centre. The Planning Officer was happy for McCarthy & Stone to look at viable options. When a potential objection from Heritage was raised (based on development of the site nearest to Oakfield House), the Planning Officer said that we needed to be practical and pragmatic.