A consultation period on the draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan, which was due to start this week, has been delayed.
A ‘call-in’ request (when a member of the council requests that a proposal be considered by a scrutiny committee due to concerns about consultation procedures or legal obligations, for example, or other concerns) was made last Friday (25 July).
This means the WODC Cabinet decision regarding the consultation has to be considered further, at a meeting of the council’s Economic Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the evening of Tuesday 5 August.
The consultation is designed to ask West Oxfordshire residents for their views on how housing should develop in our district over the next 15 years, including a new overall target and strategy as to how to achieve the target.
WODC proposes to increase the overall target of new housing in the district to at least 9,450 between 2011 and 2029, or 525 homes per year. This is less than that recommended by the recently published Strategic Housing Market Assessment, which recommended 660 homes per year.
The council’s Local Plan Housing Consultation reports recommends that the majority of the housing should be built in Witney, Carterton and Chipping Norton, including on ‘fringe’ greenfield sites.
In Chippy, it is estimated that the town needs 1,450 new homes, which would include homes completed between 2011 and 2014, ‘existing commitments’ and windfall sites.
Land east of Chippy – from the Blissfield Gardens site, across the back of Cooper Close, Fox Close and Chipping Norton School and up to Glyme Lane – has been identified as having the potential for 500 new homes as part of a mixed-use development to include employment land.
Although such a development would require a new primary school, the district council believes that Chipping Norton School could ‘absorb’ additional pupil growth at secondary school level.
Some of the questions to Chippy residents during the consultation period are proposed to be:
- Do you support the overall level of housing provision identified for the Chipping Norton Sub-Area (1450 homes)?
- Do you support the proposed draft allocation of land at East Chipping Norton for the provision of around 500 homes?
- Are there any other sites not identified that you think should be identified within the Chipping Norton Sub-Area to help meet the overall housing requirement?
The original consultation period was designed to run between 28 July and 8 September 2014; we will keep you updated as to when the revised consultation period will start.