Monday, 23 October 2017

Homes target could rocket

HUNDREDS more homes may have to be built in the Henley area following a proposal to increase Oxfordshire’s housing targets.

A Government-backed report says between 14,500 and 16,500 should be built in South Oxfordshire by 2031.

But the district council’s local plan, which was published less than two years ago, makes provision for only 10,600 by 2027.

Now the authority is asking residents for their views on how the extra 3,900 to 5,900 houses could be distributed. It has drawn up a list of eight options and has launched a public consultation which runs until July 23. The options are:

• To distribute the new homes using the same formula that was used to draw up the 2012 local plan. This means 55 per cent would be built at Didcot, leaving between 1,755 and 2,655 to be shared across the rest of the district. Of these, 60 per cent, or between 1,053 and 1,593, would be split between Wallingford, Thame and Henley. Under the current plan, Thame must accommodate 775 new houses whereas Wallingford must take 555 and Henley 400. If the extra houses were shared in the same proportions, Henley’s quota would increase to between 640 and 760. The remainder, between 702 and 1,062 homes, would be divided between 12 larger villages including Sonning Common, Benson, Goring, Watlington, Woodcote and Nettlebed. At the moment these villages must take a combined total of 540 houses. Shared the same way, they would have to take between 864 and 1,031.

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