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Vale of the White Horse - protecting its rural character

Sunday, 12 May 2013 13:09

View over the Vale View over the Vale Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

The Vale of the White Horse is threatened with monster housing developments within small rural communities which are completely inappropriate.

There is a land grab currently underway in the Vale of the White Horse. Many villages are threatened by completely inappropriate, large scale developments.

Peter Collins of CPRE Oxfordshire says: "This rash of planning applications is because developers are arguing that the Vale of the White Horse District Council  cannot prove they have an adequate five-year housing supply, leaving developers more or less free to apply anywhere without the usual restrictions. Combine this with the Vale's lack of a Local Plan, and developers are trying to get in quickly.”

Overwhelmed

Many small rural communities welcome growth with small-scale developments of a few houses here and there. But here, we're talking about HUNDREDS of houses in small settlements that threaten to overwhelm communities. Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, Ashbury and Great Coxwell have all been threatened with planning applications for giant housing estates. We're working closely with the Small Village Alliance and the Western Vale Villages Consortium to monitor the situation very closely and take action when necessary.

A draft local plan was published in Spring 2013. Read our response to the Vale's Draft local plan.

The draft plan proposes an increase in housing of nearly 30%, which allows not just for natural population growth within the Vale but a substantial net inward migration. Why? What policy is this based on? Where will jobs and supporting infrastructure come from?

If you live in the Vale, you'll want to read the news and updates on our campaign to protect the rural character of Vale. You are more than welcome to join us and take part in our fight.

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