More growth for North Oxfordshire? Cherwell to create new local plan
Councillor Colin Clarke: “the forthcoming Plan will be key to our long term coronavirus response”
Cherwell District Council has announced it intends to begin the process of consulting in the first step towards creating a new local plan. The first phase will be the publishing of a document “Planning for Cherwell to 2040 – A Community Involvement Paper”. It is hoped this will generate discussion with the community on the issues that will need to be considered in preparing a new, district-wide Local Plan.
At this stage no policies or proposals are being considered but the Council is keen that residents, businesses and other stakeholders are consulted. Cherwell says the document being released aims to generate discussion with the community on the issues that will need to be considered in preparing a new, district-wide Local Plan.
Local plans are prepared to create a positive vision for the future of an area. They address issues such as housing needs and other economic, social and environmental priorities. Building work forms a large part of a local plan and the existing local plan states “Cherwell District will deliver a wide choice of high quality homes by providing for 22,840 additional dwellings between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2031”.
Councillor Colin Clarke, lead member for planning, said: “The Local Plan guides all the decisions we make about new developments in our district. It influences the growth and sustainability of our economy and helps us protect what makes our local areas distinctive.
“Whether it is the internet revolution, big infrastructure projects, or the climate emergency, the review of our Local Plan will help us make sure that Cherwell is well placed to respond to the wider, evolving context.
“We are also clear that the forthcoming Plan will be key to our long term coronavirus response. The pandemic and lockdown measures have underscored the importance of good quality housing, access to green space, and digital infrastructure. This is as an opportunity to listen to our residents and to do some long term thinking about how we can support economic and social recovery, encourage active travel and promote community cohesion.”
A draft of the document “Planning for Cherwell to 2040 – A Community Involvement Paper” was approved at a meeting of Cherwell District Council’s executive on Monday (6 July, 2020). The next step is a six-week consultation which will run during July and August, although the start date is still to be confirmed.
People wanting to participate are advised that hard copy documents will not be available at the council’s usual deposit locations, because of coronavirus restrictions. However, the documents will be readily available online and the Council’s officers will be able to assist those without online access.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam