Friday, 18 August 2017

Locations sought for 3,600 extra homes

ANOTHER 3,600 new homes will be built in South Oxfordshire between now and 2031

ANOTHER 3,600 new homes will be built in South Oxfordshire between now and 2031.

South Oxfordshire District Council has already planned where 11,400 homes will go in its existing adopted Local Plan.

However, following the publication of the Oxfordshire-wide Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) last year, the council must now find locations for at least another 3,600 new homes.

The council says the majority of the housing should be distributed in the Science Vale area and in towns and larger villages, while ?a more flexible approach could be considered for our smaller villages?.

Henley, Sonning Common, and Watlington are compiling neighbourhood plans based on the current target while Woodcote published one last year.

Benson, Goring and Nettlebed, which are not currently developing their own neighbourhood plans, have been consulted.

The district council has come up with revised options for where the housing should go and is inviting people to have their say.

Cllr Angie Paterson, cabinet member for planning policy at the district council, said: ?The response to our initial consultation last summer and other evidence studies have helped us draw up these more defined options.

?Local people clearly recognise the need for more housing. This is an additional phase of consultation to help us gather views on the best way of distributing the new houses across the district. So please take a look at the options and let us know what you think.?

Drop-in events will be held at Benson village hall on Monday, March 9, from 3pm to 8pm; Goring village hall on Saturday, March 28, from 10am to 2pm; and the Nettlebed Club on Saturday, March 21, from 10am to 2pm.

The public consultation will run until 5pm on Thursday, April 2.

To view the revised options, visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/options. Alternatively, visit the council offices at Abbey House, Abingdon, or any library in South Oxfordshire.

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