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West Oxfordshire's revised Local Plan approved for consultation by councillors

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:45

Eynsham Eynsham Oxfordshire Villages

West Oxfordshire's revised Local Plan has been approved for consultation by councillors following concerns raised by the Inspector about the housing figures.

Councillors have approved an updated version of the draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan for public consultation following concerns raised by the Planning Inspector in January that the earlier draft was not consistent with Oxfordshire’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and that it did not take into account the housing need identified for Oxford.

Under the revised proposals, a total of 15,950 homes are set to be built by 2031, of which 2,750 have been allocated as the District’s contribution to Oxford’s unmet housing need.

West Oxfordshire say they are upping the figures to meet the affordable housing need.

However, CPRE believes a target of 600 homes per year is unrealistic and that the Council is setting itself up to fail.

(See CPRE's full response to the decision by WODC to revert to the SHMA figures here).

Key sites include 2,200 homes at the proposed Garden Village to the north of Eynsham along with an urban extension to the west of Eynsham which will add a further 1,000 new homes.

Other major sites will include increasing the number of homes in North Witney from 1,000 to 1,400; new allocations in Woodstock adding 670 properties; increasing the development area at Tank Farm, Chipping Norton from 600 to 1,400 homes and building a further 570 homes at three sites in Carterton in addition to over 1,000 homes which are already committed in and around the town.

What next?

Having been approved by full Council, the Plan will now be the subject of a six-week consultation, which is likely to start during the week commencing 7 November 2016.

It will then be re-submitted to the Inspector.

It is expected that the Examination will reconvene in spring 2017.

See: WODC Press Release, 27 October.

See: CPRE's full response to the Inspector's findings on WODC's Local Plan.

 

2 October 2016

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