Cherwell local plan to be revised

The Oxford Times: District Councillor Michael Gibbard District Councillor Michael Gibbard

Cherwell District Council has said it is looking into how to include an extra 6,000 homes in its planning strategy.

The announcement follows the suspension of a hearing into the district council’s local plan on Wednesday when a planning inspector said more homes than the 16,000 proposed were possible by 2031.

A study commissioned by all of Oxfordshire’s councils – called Strategic Housing Market Assessment or SHMA – found Cherwell needed to build 22,000 by that year.

District councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “While this delay is disappointing, it is not a failure or a rejection. Once the plan has been revised, the modified document will go out to public consultation in the autumn and the public hearings will start again in December. ”

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4:36pm Fri 6 Jun 14

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

Adding another 6,000 homes to the already high 16,000 would mean a major change in the local plan to allow for all the necessary infra structure investment that would be needed (public services and transport infra structure) These extra homes are needed to cope with the recent and likely future mass migration to UK.
Adding another 6,000 homes to the already high 16,000 would mean a major change in the local plan to allow for all the necessary infra structure investment that would be needed (public services and transport infra structure) These extra homes are needed to cope with the recent and likely future mass migration to UK. West Oxon Webwatcher
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