She said that one of her main concerns was sewage backing up from the housing development and that there is now a condition in place to resolve the issue before the homes are built, but added: “From previous experience elsewhere I am not sure that will happen.”
Peter Chappell, also a Wallingford resident, added: “I strongly object to the proposed development on the grounds that it represents rapid over-development of Wallingford and is not sustainable.”
The decision to give the go ahead to the plans for land at Winterbrook, off Reading Road, north of the Wallingford Bypass have been called ‘a great shame’ by one councillor.
Wallingford residents have previously raised concerns about how the development submitted by Berkeley Homes which would include a primary school and care home would change the historic town and would strain the already limited infrastructure.
Councillor Jane Murphy, a member of the district council planning committee, said: “It is disappointing. I look forward to our local plan being in place so that this speculative planning can end.”
Commenting on the plans last month, Wallingford resident Alan Fraser said: “There are many reasons why this application should be refused, not least the fact that approval of other applications recently, and work already begun, is going to change drastically the size and nature of our wonderful historic town.”