Town councillor Don Davidson has asked us to publish his response to information recently published by the local Labour Party in its newsletter:
LETTER TO CHIPPING NORTON NEWS RE INCORRECT INFORMATION PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST LOCAL LABOUR PARTY NEWSLETTER REGARDING THE CHIPPING NORTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
I was very disappointed to see that in their latest newsletter the local branch of the Labour Party published an article. ‘NEW DIY PLAN FOR THE TOWN’ that contained a number of statements which are not true.
As I am a Town Council representative on the Steering Group I would like to put the record straight so that people get the correct information.
The Steering Group (not the local Labour Party) are currently developing the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Plan – there is not yet a plan ‘in operation’ as was stated in the newsletter.
When, and if, a neighbourhood plan is agreed after full consultation with the people of Chipping Norton and subsequently after independent examination, the Town Council working alongside WODC will only be able to determine sites for housing etc. within the parish boundaries of Chipping Norton. The article reads as if the Town Council will be able to determine sites in the surrounding villages which is not true.
800 houses have not ‘been planned’ for Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages – the Town Council in response to WODC’s draft local plan has made a recommendation that they would not be unhappy if that number of houses were put into the final local plan. It is up to WODC to take that forward (or not) – that decision is yet to be made.
As for the Ambulance Station and Castle View site – the development here is in the hands of the current owners Oxfordshire County Council. We all hope that they undertake a consultation exercise before going ahead to develop the site.
Independent Town Councillor & member of CNNP Steering Group