Need not Greed Oxfordshire has been busy tracking down the District and County Council responses to the public consultation on the SEP Refresh.
Commercial Estates Group (CEG) are proposing to build around 900 homes, along with associated community amenities and public open space on Green Belt land to the north of Abingdon. The site is allocated for new homes in the Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2013 Part 1, which the Inspector has approved on the grounds that the Vale needs to meets its Objectively Assessed Housing Need, as spelt out in the Oxfordshire SHMA.
Members of the Need not Greed Oxon coalition fought hard against the inclusion of this allocated development site in the Vale Local Plan. We believe it is inappropriate development for the Oxford Green Belt and that the housing targets contained in the SHMA are overflated.
A public consultation is now open for members of the public to have their say on the draft development proposals.
There is no deadline for responses to the draft proposals, but after considering all responses CEG intends to produce a report. It will then refine its plans for a futher round of public consultation in the autumn. So it seems wise to respond as soon as possible!
Need not Greed Oxfordshire has written an open letter to all District Council Leaders to ask what plans are in place to reconsider the OxLEP SEP growth targets for the county in the light of Brexit and what implications these are expected to have for housing numbers.
The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) has this week published its Report on Responses to the public consultation on the draft Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) Refresh – the document responsible for driving much of the county’s economic growth strategy over the next 15 years.
The Need not Greed Oxon coalition is concerned that the OxLEP Report does not adequately address the concerns expressed by the majority of respondents to the consultation over the scale of planned growth for Oxfordshire.