A REFERENDUM on Watlington’s neighbourhood plan will be held in the spring, six months earlier than planned.
The parish council is targeting March or April for the poll, having previously said it was likely to be held inÂ September next year at the earliest.
Watlington has been allocated 79 new homes to be built by 2027 under South Oxfordshire District Council’s core strategy but this figure is likely to rise.
If more than 50 per cent of people voting in the referendum support the plan, itÂ becomes a legally binding documentÂ and the district council must recognise it.
About 50 residentsÂ have been working on the plan, examining traffic, infrastructure, housing and development sites in different groups.
Councillor Jeremy Bell, chairmanÂ of the council’s neighbourhood plan steering committee,Â said he hoped the plan would be ready to be independently examined in December.
“The forum has worked very hard and we have made significant progress,” he said. “The neighbourhood plan and the forum are kind of keeping the developer ‘wolves’ at bay.”
A roadshow will be held from June 11 to 15Â where options detailing proposed development sites and trafficÂ solutions will be on display. A draft plan will then beÂ prepared by August.
A survey of residents carried out by the parish council showed thatÂ affordable housing, semi-detached properties and starter homesÂ are needed most in Watlington.