Raynsford Review of Planning – have your say!

The Raynsford Review of Planning has been set up to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it ‘fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes’.

It will be informed by a task force chaired by former planning minister Nick Raynsford and will include politicians, housing providers, developers, consultants, academics and the public.

Evidence is being collected over an 18-month period and a report formally presented at all major party conferences in autumn 2018.

The deadline for comments is 31 October.

generic-news-2Need not Greed Oxfordshire has long been concerned about the adverse impacts of the deregulated planning system on Oxfordshire’s communities and landscape. We have therefore welcomed the opportunity to respond to this consultation.

See: NNGO Response – Raynsford Review of Planning.

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Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy – ‘over optimistic and massively under-funded’ says NNGO

generic-news-2The Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS) is an independent report commissioned by the Oxfordshire Growth Board.

The aim of the strategy is to set out the investment in transport, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure needed to support the predicted growth in population, jobs and homes up to 2040.

A technical Stage 1 report was published in April 2017 and work has been progressing on Stage 2 of the work.

The public were asked for their views on the work to date were invited to participate in an online engagement exercise.

The consultation closes on 10 September 2017.

NNGO has responded to the consultation saying OxIS is over optimistic and massively under-funded.

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Stop Oxford’s Sprawl (SOS) Campaign: Time to Act – says KDW


Kidlington Development Watch ( a NNGO coalition member ) is calling on supporters to respond to the public consultation on Cherwell District Council’s Partial Review of its Local Plan.

The consultation closes on 10 OCTOBER (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!).

Cherwell District Council proposes to build 4,400 homes in the south of the district (in addition to those allocated in its original Local Plan, to meet Oxford’s unmet housing need) – 3,990 of these will be in the Oxford Green Belt, while another 410 will be at Woodstock.

KDW say Cherwell’s Plan, if adopted, will turn Kidlington into an ‘Oxford suburb’.

The Oxford Green Belt provides ‘the only protection against Oxford’s sprawl’ say the campaign group.

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North Abingdon – outline planning application approved for large urban extension


The outline planning application for a large urban extension to the North of Abingdon was approved last week (26 July).

A development of 950 homes, plus a care home for 80 residents was approved on land that was originally in the Green Belt (it was recommended for removal in the Vale’s Local Plan Part One).

Representatives of the North Abingdon Local Planning Group (NALPG) – a member of the NNGO coalition, were present at the planning meeting where they raised concerns about the increase in traffic, air pollution and the fact that the number of homes permitted on the site in the Vale Local Plan was originally for 800.

The proposal was approved unanimously.

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