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West Oxfordshire Local Plan Approved

Monday, 10 September 2018 12:54

West Oxfordshire Local Plan Approved

The Inspector’s report on the West Oxfordshire Local Plan has now been published, finding the Plan sound subject to Main Modifications.

The Council will look to adopt the Plan formally during September.

CPRE Oxfordshire are disappointed that overall housing numbers have been increased.

However, CPRE Oxfordshire and local campaigning groups were able to ensure that a more robust AONB policy has been introduced and four specific AONB sites across the Burford-Charlbury sub-area have been removed from the plan entirely.

The Inspector found that while the submitted policy reiterated national policy it didn’t take into account the high proportion of the district that falls within AONB designation. Therefore, the plan has been amended in this regard, becoming more specific and providing local policy guidance. A new policy has also been introduced, advocating avoidance of pollution, including noise and light, maintaining/improving tranquillity and dark-sky quality. This is now the strongest policy for the AONB across Oxfordshire.

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