The Joint Statutory Spatial Plan: NNGO and Cllr Ian Hudspeth discuss planning for Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire’s six local councils have agreed to work together to produce a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP). The plan will look at the County’s growth in a co-ordinated, long term way and put an end to speculative development. It gives an opportunity to plan for the development we need across the whole canvas of the County rather than in a fragmented way through unsynchronised Local Plans.

It will be one of the first such plans to come forward across England, so the pressure is on to ensure it takes adequate account of our natural environment. The intention is to have the plan submitted by March 2020.

On Monday 24th September NNGO hosted an event to raise awareness of the JSSP and encourage our decision-makers to engage with local communities. Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, joined NNGO to discuss the JSSP and respond to questions from the audience.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth presentation can be viewed here: Cllr Ian Hudspeth presentation to NNGO Sept 18


3 Year Housing Land Supply – NNGO response

In recent years, speculative developers have made hay across Oxfordshire when our local authorities have fallen foul of rules which say they have to be able to prove a 5 year supply of deliverable housing.  The Oxfordshire Growth Board is now looking to negotiate with Government to reduce the rules for Oxfordshire to a 3 year housing supply.   But this is only a short term measure and doesn’t address the longer-term impacts or the fundamental unfairness of making local authorities release more land, to the cost of particular communities and greenfield sites, when developers fail to build what they promise.

The opportunity to respond to consultation on the Oxfordshire Growth Board Three Year Housing Land Supply closed on 12 July 2018.
Read NNGO’s response: NNGO response to 3 Year Housing Land Supply Consultation July 18

National Planning Policy Framework – NNGO response

NNGO has long called for changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and therefore welcomed the Government’s recent consultation on a revised approach. Sadly, there was no attempt to abandon the punitive 5 Year Housing Supply rules or increase pressure on developers to stick to their promises on affordable housing, but instead the potential for further penalties for councils if they fail to meet targets and further weakening of planning protections.   In our view, it’s time to re-write the rule book and focus on sustainable, democratically accountable planning.

The opportunity to respond to consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) closed on 10 May 2018.
Read NNGO’s response: NPPF Consultation Draft NNGO Response May 18 FINAL .


Local Elections – May 2018

NNGO wrote to all candidates in the run up to the local elections, we asked local councillors to pledge support for our campaign to restore a proper balance between local democracy and planning principles on one hand and growth on the other. Read the letter sent:Letter to Local Election Candidates – April 18 FINAL
A response from James Mills, as Leader of West Oxfordshire Conservatives, promised that the “successful implementation of the local plan will help close the door to speculative development in West Oxfordshire.”