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Have your say on housing land supply proposals

on Mon, 04/06/2018 - 8:10pm

Have your say on a government proposal to give Oxfordshire councils greater protection from speculative housing development - on sites which are not the most suitable or preferred - as we plan for the county’s future housing needs.

"In many parts of Oxfordshire unplanned speculative housing development in relatively unsustainable locations is raising significant community concerns, contributing relatively little to infrastructure, and diverting planning resources away from the delivery of planned strategic development sites".

Sound familiar?

Have your say.

The Oxfordshire Growth Board, which we are part of along with all of Oxfordshire's councils and key strategic partners, is consulting on the proposals which would mean we will only need to provide a three-year land supply, rather than the five-year supply which is normally required, while we develop a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP). A JSSP is being drawn up to provide a tool for considering the county's growth in a co-ordinated, long-term way, in addition to localised plans which help to guide development at district-level. 

The proposals would also mean that a Housing Delivery Test (HDT) would be in place for three years after the JSSP has been adopted.

The changes being put forward under the proposals would make it harder for unplanned speculative housing development to get planning permission and would also allow us to focus on preparing the JSSP and our respective Local Plans.

For more detail on the proposals, and to submit your views, please visit the Oxfordshire Growth Board website (click). The consultation is open until 11.45pm on Thursday 12 July.

Partly from an article on the Vale website; see the original <here>.