Thursday, 17 August 2017

Villagers to choose sites for housing

RESIDENTS of Woodcote have one last chance to shape development in the village.

RESIDENTS of Woodcote have one last chance to shape development in the village.

On Tuesday and next Saturday, final consultations on the Woodcote neighbourhood plan will be held at the village hall. The document recommends sites to be built on and the preferred types of development.

Woodcote Parish Council has produced the draft plan based on consultations held last year when residents identified 22 possible sites. These have been narrowed down to six from which villagers are now being asked to select their preferences.

Councillor Geoff Botting, who chairs the neighbourhood plan committee, said: “This is the last opportunity for every resident to make sure their views have been heard. The plan is the most effective way of ensuring the voice of the people carries substantial weight in the future development of our village.”

Woodcote’s population has dropped by almost five per cent since 2001, despite 40 new homes being built, but the percentage of over-65s has increased by a third while the proportion of under-15s had fallen by almost a quarter.

Cllr Botting said: “The plan will help us to keep Woodcote a family village by ensuring new housing is affordable while protecting the natural character of the area.”

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