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Oxfordshire Local Plan Update

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 08:34

Oxfordshire Local Plan Update

With so much activity in recent weeks CPRE Oxfordshire have put together a quick Local Plan update to keep you up to speed.

Oxford

Oxford Local Plan – the two joint inspectors queried the evidence for the submitted Local Plan, questioning the aggressive housing numbers and the City’s low targets for accommodating them.  The City has responded to say the Growth Deal justifies the high numbers and hence offloading housing onto its neighbours.

Oxford City Council opposes proposed Expressway (Jan 19). 
Council also declared a Climate Emergency (Jan 19. http://mycouncil.oxford.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=4343)

Council has since created a Citizens Assembly (Apr 19). https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/1064/oxford_city_council_to_establish_uk_s_first_citizens_assembly_to_address_climate_emergency) to make recommendations on the key decisions around both target deadlines to reach zero carbon and the types of costed measures required to meet those targets. The Citizens Assembly will provide evidence-based recommendations in September.

Cherwell
Cherwell Local Plan Part 1 Review – the Inspector has said 4,400 houses to deal with Oxford’s ‘unmet need’ is acceptable, and that the majority of these can be located within the Oxford Green Belt (even though, as above, Oxford’s needs have yet to be properly tested).  However, he has removed the proposed allocation at Woodstock. There will be a further round of consultation on main modifications.

Cherwell District Council have declared a climate emergency (Jul 19, minutes not yet available).

South Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire Local Plan – the Council has agreed to keep exploring what is possible with regards to promised Government funding and the currently submitted draft Local Plan, whilst also starting work on a new Plan with climate considerations at its heart.

South Oxfordshire District Council voted to oppose the Expressway in all forms (Jul 19http://democratic.southoxon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=2388 ). 
Council have acknowledged the climate emergency (Apr 19 http://democratic.southoxon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=2439).

Vale of White Horse
Vale of White Horse Local Plan Part 2 – the Inspector has found the Plan sound in principle, but we are pleased that the Vale Council has agreed to write to the Secretary of State seeking a delay until Oxford’s needs are properly assessed.

Vale of White Horse voted to oppose the Expressway in all forms (Jul 19 http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2019/2019-07/vale-white-horse-district-council-oppose-oxford-cambridge-expressway).

Council declared a climate emergency (Feb 19 http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2019/2019-03/vale-council-declares-climate-emergency-and-calls-government-support-action-climat) and is discussing plans to set up a climate advisory committee (Jul 19 http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2019/2019-07/big-step-tackle-climate-emergency).

 

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