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Have your say on new housing options for South Oxfordshire

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People across South Oxfordshire are being encouraged to have their say on updated options for how new homes could be distributed across the district.

In its existing adopted Local Plan South Oxfordshire District Council has already planned for where 11,400 homes will go.  However, following the publication last year of the Oxfordshire-wide Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) there is now the need to find the best locations for at least another 3,600 new homes between now and 2031.

Last summer the council received more than 1,000 responses when it asked people their views on a number of options showing how the challenge of distributing these houses across the district could be met up until 2027. It also asked for other suggestions to be put forward.

All these responses, along with the latest evidence and guidance, have been used to help form a smaller number of revised options.  People can now have their say on these new options and give their opinion on how they think the additional housing could be shared across the district. 

The revised options reflect the council’s belief that the majority of the new homes should be distributed in the Science Vale area and in the towns and larger villages, while a more flexible approach could be considered for our smaller villages. 

Communities in the larger villages of Chinnor, Cholsey, Crowmarsh Gifford, Goring and Nettlebed - the ones which aren’t currently developing their own Neighbourhood Plan – have also been consulted to identify where in their villages they think the best housing sites would be.   

To view the revised options and have your say please visit http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/planning-and-building/planning-policy/local-plan-2031/local-plan-2031-refined-op.  The consultation runs until 5pm on Thursday 2 April.

Anyone who is not able to access the internet can view the options and have their say at South Oxfordshire District Council c/o Abbey House, Abingdon, OX14 3JE and at all libraries in South Oxfordshire during normal opening hours.

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commented 2015-03-22 10:17:33 +0000
I think we need a major housing policy in the area and around the UK. It is shocking that so many people like myself cannot afford a home in the area. At the moment many average workers are at the mercy of high rents and cannot get a secure roof over their head. The recent houses built were not affordable and out priced many local people. Shocking to think that in a wealthy country like ours, secure housing is only a dream for many.

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