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Reminder: Vale Local Plan consultation closes 4 May

Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:10

The deadline for comments on the Vale of White Horse District's Local Plan Part 2, including further allocations of housing and policies on a wide range of environmental issues, is 5pm, Thursday 4 May.  Have your say!

The draft Plan proposes new housing at Grove, East Hanney, Harwell, Kingston Bagpuize and Marcham, and suggests that 1,200 new houses could be located at Dalton Barracks.

There are also a whole range of development policies that may be of interest to CPRE supporters including noise and air pollution, protection of rights of way and countryside/heritage matters.

 

NB Our final response will be posted on this page shortly.

 

Meanwhile, whilst there is much to be welcomed, here's an outline of CPRE Vale of White Horse District's key concerns :

 

 1.  The Council is seeking to allocate land for nearly 25,000 houses - this is significantly over and above the 20,560 it previously signed up to Local Plan Part 1, even allowing for the 2,200 it has agreed to take as part of Oxford's 'unmet need'.   

2. The Draft Plan reintroduces the threat of a significant housing development (1,000 houses) in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - this is despite the fact that the Inspector ruled this out of Local Plan Part 1.

3. It proposes 1,200 houses at Dalton Barracks within the Oxford Green Belt - CPRE supports the use of the previously developed area of this site for housing, as a sensible use of brownfield land. However, it is not necessary to remove land from Green Belt to achieve this as it is already permitted under Green Belt guidelines.  In addition, the Vale appears to be proposing to take out far more land from the Green Belt than is needed for the proposed development. There also seems to be very little consideration given to the impact of the development on neighbouring Shippon and Abingdon and what supporting infrastructure might be required.

4. The proposed Lodge Hill Park & Ride is ill-placed.

5. Fyfield - The proposal of 600 houses at Fyfield (which the District Council refers to as related to Kingston Bagpuize) represents a major incursion into the open landscape, spoiling ancient views and providing immense infrastructure challenges.

6. Grove - The proposed inclusion of 300 houses on greenfield land in north-west Grove would exacerbate the already over-stretched provision of infrastructure in the respect of school places and, in particular, in respect of roads (eg A338).

7. Didcot Garden Town - CPRE is concerned that proposals will not at all live up to the hoped-for high level of design, whilst providing an excuse for for further building of houses, roads and bridges that will eat into far too much of Oxforsdshire's green landscape.

8. Infrastructure - funding mechanisms for infrastructure to support the proposed growth look woefully inadequate. CPRE considers, in particular, that major surveys concerning the A34, A420, A338, A415 and A417 are now needed before any decision on the Part 2 proposals can go forward.

9. Saved Local Plan policies - there are many policies dating back to the previous Local Plan which should be carried forward to Local Plan Part 2, such as the one giving protection to the valuable landscape of the Corallian Ridge.   

 

You can read the draft Plan & download a comment form on the Vale of White Horse District Council website.

You can comment by:
- participating in the Vale's online survey by using the following link:
Vale of White Horse LPP2 Preferred Options - Consult (registration is required)

- submitting your comments by email or post using the comment form and the contact details below:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post:

Vale of White Horse District Council
Planning Policy Team
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
Milton
OX14 4SB

 

 

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