|The Government Inspector started the examination hearings into the WODC Local Plan 2031 this week. |
Members of Sustainable Stonesfield have made representation on the legality of the Plan, development in the protected AONB, and site selection. The Inspector has already asked WODC planners to give the rationale and evidence for their site selection across the district and has specifically asked them to say why sites in Stonesfield that were categorised as 'unsuitable' for development in the 2014 SHELAA are now 'suitable'.
There's a long way to go, but there's a chance the number of houses permitted in the AONB may, just may, be reduced. In July there is a third stage to the examination process which will have a spot dedicated to Stonesfield. Sustainable Stonesfield will again make representations to the Inspector. Richard Morris
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|The Parish Council has said formal planning applications for part of the CALA Homes site (50 or 68 houses) and North Farm (16 houses) have been sent to WODC Planning Department. They will become public very shortly. We need as many people as possible to write to WODC when the plans are published. Sustainable Stonesfield have compiled arguments against these developments and will make them available to you to use in your letters objecting to the developments as soon as the plans are published. ...................................... |
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“I fully support the aims of Sustainable Stonesfield. All over West Oxfordshire, we have seen the effect of not having a proper Local Plan in place. There have been numerous speculative planning applications for thousands of new homes across the area, many of them in places which, if the Local Plan had been approved, would not have been acceptable. This is particularly true of Stonesfield, were a disproportionate number of houses are being considered.
The fault in all of this lies not with local planners, but rather with a national planning framework that is not fit for purpose. The assumption is that the market will somehow solve our housing crisis. Unfortunately, that cannot happen because the provision of small, affordable houses is not an attractive prospect for commercial builders. As a result, our villages are being over-run with large, expensive groups of houses that young, local families cannot afford.
If I am elected as the MP for Witney, a priority for me will be to change this so that our villages are protected from speculative over-development, and local families are able to get the small, affordable homes they so badly need.”