RESIDENTS of Goring are being urged to have their say on four shortlisted sites for housing in the village
RESIDENTS of Goring are being urged to have their say on four shortlisted sites for housing in the village.
The sites are land at the South Stoke end of the village off Wallingford Road, land between Wallingford Road and Icknield Road, a small area behind the fire station between Icknield Road and Elvendon Road and land between between Manor Road and Elmcroft.
Eight other possible sites have been ruled out on the grounds of visual impact.
South Oxfordshire District Council says at least 105 new houses will have to be built in Goring in the next 12 years.
It says: “A number of sites were identified as being important in landscape terms and the landscape study recommended that development be avoided on these sites.
“GOR1 (off Wallingford Road) is one such site but we have decided to take this forward to the next stage as there was considerable support from local residents and the parish council, which favoured this site.
“GOR2 (between Wallingford Road and Icknield Road) is also being taken forward as this site sits within the boundaries of existing development and received some support from the public consultation event.
“GOR11 (between Manor Road and Elmcroft) lies to the south-west of Goring and has some potential to provide a limited number of new homes, ensuring development avoids the flood plain.
“GOR4 (behind the fire station) is a small site nestled between existing developments and has potential to contribute towards the total number of new homes needed.”
A consultation open day will be held by the district council at Goring village hall next Saturday (March 28) from 10am to 2pm. The closing date for comments is Thursday, April 2.
For more information, visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan
Copies of the plan are also available at Goring library.