In the run-up to the County Council elections this Thursday (4 May), members of the Need not Greed Oxfordshire coalition met with all the local Leaders of the main political parties.
NNGO believes Oxfordshire is facing a planning crisis, and so we wanted to know what the Leaders plan to do to fix this. We posed the same question to each of them: “How do you intend to fix the planning crisis?’
All the Party Political Leaders in Oxfordshire agree that the national planning system – the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – is broken and needs fixing.
In February, the government issued a white paper – ‘Fixing our broken housing market‘, setting out a broad range of plans to help reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes.
The consultation ends today (2 May).
Need not Greed Oxfordshire has submitted a response to the consultation (see below).
On Friday 17 March, the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) launched its revised Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for the county. Despite strong public demands for the overall growth targets in the Plan to be reconsidered, OxLEP has not compromised; the refreshed Plan contains the same housing and jobs targets outlined in the original SEP of 2014.
To mark the launch of the revised SEP, Need not Greed Oxfordshire issued a Press Release – ‘OxLEP ignores public to push ahread with growth targets’, read more…
Councillors have rebelled against their own council policy as they reject a controversial development in Sutton Courtenay.
On 1 March, Vale of White Horse District Council’s planning committee thwarted Redrow’s plan to build 200 homes in Sutton Courtenay, despite the site’s inclusion in the council’s Local Plan Part One.
Councillors argued the site’s location next to a waste facility posed ‘disgraceful’ contamination risks, siding with villagers and the Sutton Courtenay Action group, who have fought hard against the proposed homes off Hobbyhorse Lane.Read more …