OAKLEY could be set to gain nearly 50 mew homes.

A decision is due to be made by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council  tonight on an application to build 48 homes at Park Farm, in Station Road.

The application, which has been submitted by Savills and Wates Developments, includes pedestrian and cycle access and new allotments to go with the housing.

In the planning statement it noted: “The materials palette could focus on a range of local materials, with a variety of colours and textures to ensure appropriate variety, but with a common theme local to the area will be the likely use of red bricks, render, plain tiles and slate, with the occasional use of high quality stone materials and timber details where appropriate.

“The development should avoid any ‘estate’ feel and be responsive to the varying characteristics of the site.”

Oakley and Deane Parish Council gave no objections to the development, provided certain criteria were met, including access to the site was moved further to the south of Station Road and the road be subject to a 30mph speed limit.

However, not everyone is pleased with the idea of the development.

One resident commented online: “I do have concerns that the road to provide access is a single lane track. The road already bottlenecks at the railway bridge which is yards away from the main road, in my opinion there is no adequate room to allow queuing traffic trying to access the main road and will promote additional traffic trying to filter through the main village.”

The application was to be discussed at tonight’s development control committee meeting