Revised Local Plan approved for consultation by councillors


Councillors have approved an updated version of the draft 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 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.


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.


Cllr James Mills, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have to balance the demands of a growing population with the need to maintain West Oxfordshire as a beautiful place in which to live and work.


“We want to create better homes, more jobs and improved facilities while protecting the District from unwanted development. This is why it is important to have a robust Local Plan in place.”


The proposed Plan addresses concerns raised by the Local Plan Inspector that led to the original version being suspended in January until further work including revisions to the housing figures could be undertaken.


Having been approved by full Council, the Plan will now be the subject of a six-week consultation before being re-submitted to the Inspector. It is expected that the Examination will reconvene in spring 2017.