Potential development sites in North Oxfordshire revealed
Over 770 hectares of land has been offered in the north of the Cherwell District, across the town and villages
Land owners and developers have submitted over 100 different sites in the north of the Cherwell district which they are offering for new housing developments. The offers of land come as part of the first stage of creating a new local plan for the area.
Cherwell District Council has begun a consultation and is now seeking our views.
Most of the proposed sites are currently farm fields, spread across the 30 northern parishes at the top of the Cherwell area, and Banbury town.
The land offered is over 770 hectares – enough room for over 30,000 new houses. Currently none of the sites is earmarked for development and only those that are selected for inclusion in the new Local Plan will be built upon.
Potential green field locations in Banbury, if approved, would further expand the town, with sites encroaching into Drayton and Hanwell Parishes and further development wrapping around the western side of Bodicote. To the north of town the fields around the crematorium up to the M40 have been proposed, whilst sites to the east of the A361 at the M40 junction 11 would take development right to the Northamptonshire county border.
Whilst most of the sites are proposed for new housing, a number have been suggested for commercial use. In the centre of Banbury the existing car park site between Calthorpe Street and Malborough Road has been suggested for mixed use, whilst two fields straddling the canal behind the Longford Park development have been offered for “community / leisure / recreation”. Four town centre sites are indicated as being potential sites for “travellers”.
26 potential sites within Banbury have been suggested by land owners and developers, of which 9 are a change from their current usage and 17 are new locations.
Away from the town, twelve potential sites have been proposed around Adderbury including a large 60 hecatre site between Twyford and the M40, stretching from the Kings Sutton Road to the Aynho Road.
Eight suggested sites in Bloxham include a further extension to building along the Milton Road stretching into the Milton Parish.
Amongst the 9 proposed sites in Deddington parish is the suggestion of further building to the north of the village on the Oxford Road.
Whilst most parishes have some development sites suggested, no sites have been proposed in Broughton, Claydon and Clattercote, Epwell, Horley, Mollington, Tadmarton and Wiggington.
A large number of other sites have been suggested in the south of the Cherwell District.
At the moment none of the proposed new sites are likely to be developed, but being accepted in the new local plan would mean they would be built upon.
Within the Local Plan consultation document Cherwell says it doesn’t currently know how many homes it will be required to provide each year as the numbers for the period up to 2040 are yet to be set by the Oxfordshire Plan. They warn that “it is likely to be above the standard methodology set by government, which for Cherwell is currently 756 homes per year.”
The council’s existing 2015 Plan provides enough homes for the period up to 2031. The current review will need to ensure they have “a deliverable supply to cover the new plan period and that the plan period and vision accommodates any need for longer term delivery.”
Between 2011 and 2021 9,806 dwellings were built in Cherwell at an average of 980 homes per year. This has accelerated in recent years and since 2016 completions have averaged 1,265 per year.
The Council says it has over 8,000 homes with permission that have yet to be built and further land capable of accommodating nearly 8,500 homes which has already been allocated for development.
Proposed sites submitted for inclusion in the local plan in your area:
- Adderbury – 12 sites covering 109.28 hectares. See the map.
- Banbury – 26 sites covering 290.61 hectares. See the map.
- Barfords – 1 sites covering 0.41 hectares. See the map.
- Bloxham – 8 sites covering 56.31 hectares. See the map.
- Bodicote – 1 sites covering 4.5 hectares. See the map.
- Bourtons – 7 sites covering 10.02 hectares. See the map.
- Broughton – 0 sites. See the map.
- Claydon with Clattercote – 0 sites. See the map.
- Cropredy – 3 sites covering 15.67 hectares. See the map.
- Deddington, Clifton and Hempton – 9 sites covering 38.03 hectares. See the map.
- Drayton – 3 sites covering 45.16 hectares. See the map.
- Epwell – 0 sites. See the map.
- Hanwell – 1 sites covering 20.86 hectares. See the map.
- Hook Norton – 4 sites covering 19.56 hectares. See the map.
- Horley – 0 sites. See the map.
- Hornton – 1 sites covering 0.35 hectares. See the map.
- Milcombe – 6 sites covering 28.34 hectares. See the map.
- Milton – 2 sites covering 17.66 hectares. See the map.
- Mollington – 0 sites. See the map.
- North Newington – 3 sites covering 10.6 hectares. See the map.
- Shennington and Alkerton – 1 sites covering 2.8 hectares. See the map.
- Shutford – 2 sites covering 4.79 hectares. See the map.
- Sibford Ferris – 3 sites covering 29.71 hectares. See the map.
- Sibford Gower – 2 sites covering 12.26 hectares. See the map.
- South Newington – 1 sites covering 2.28 hectares. See the map.
- Swalcliffe – 1 sites covering 22.11 hectares. See the map.
- Tadmarton – 0 sites. See the map.
- Wardington – 2 sites covering 15.4 hectares. See the map.
- Wiggington – 0 sites. See the map.
- Wroxton – 4 sites covering 13.6 hectares. See the map.