Have your say on Vale homes plan

Vale of White Horse residents are being asked to have their say on the housing plans to help accomodate 15,000 houses in Oxfordshire and its own allocation of 2,200 homes in the area.

Oxford City Council is unable to accommodate all of the housing it needs within its own area and nearly 15,000 houses need to be planned in the neighbouring Oxfordshire authorities.

To meet this demand, South Oxfordshire District Council has to acommodate 4,950 homes, while Cherwell District Council has been given 4,400 to fit in, West Oxfordshire District Council must take 2,750, and the Vale of White Horse District Council will accommodate 2,200. The city council will still take on 550 houses.

The Vale’s new Local Plan Part Two, which outlines how the council will be able to accommodate its given share, was published for consultation on March 9.

Part two of the local plan sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale’s proportion of Oxford’s housing need up to 2031.

Representatives are now rolling out a series of drop-in exhibitions and meetings to discuss the plans with residents.

The Vale adopted part one of its local plan, which outlined plans to build 20,560 homes and explained where the main housing sites in the district could be built and identified the infrastructure that needed to support them, in December last year.

In total, this means the housing target for Vale will be 22,760 homes, should Part Two be adopted.

Now, residents have a chance to influence how decisions are made on local planning applications.

Councillor Roger Cox, cabinet member for planning at the Vale, said: “The consultation provides residents with the opportunity to input into the way planning decisions are made. This will ensure we deliver high quality homes where and when they are needed. The best way to find out what is proposed is to attend one of the public events.”

The Vale has worked with other Oxfordshire authorities through the Oxfordshire Growth Board, over the past few years, to identify how ‘unmet’ housing need for Oxfordshire should be apportioned between the authorities neighbouring the city of Oxford.

The plan includes policies for sites such as the Didcot Garden Town, and the reservoir at East Hanney.

The next drop-in exhibitions will be on Saturday at the Barn, Vale and Download Museum in Wantage from 10am, and April 5 at the Cornerstone in Didcot, from 1pm.

Residents can read the draft of the Local Plan 2031 Part Two and find out how to make comments at www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/LPP2

The deadline for comments is 5pm on May 4.

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