The Kidlington Master Plan was approved by Cherwell Council on 19th December 2016. The official notice was published on 22nd December here. Plans for Bloxham and Banbury were also been adopted into CDC policy at the executive meeting.
We tracked down the final version for you. Let us know your thoughts!
The Kidlington Masterplan is on the agenda for next months' Cherwell District Executive Committee which meets 5th December. A copy can be downloaded here. It is likely that this final draft will be endorsed by the Executive for full adoption early in the New Year.
We are pleased to see that references to to the "landscape review to establish a defensible boundary" and to building sites in the Green Belt have been deleted. A victory for Kidlington and the Parish Council. The new version of the Master Plan emphasises the value of Kidlington's open, rural setting along with the need to keep separation between other villages and the city. It is more supportive of retaining the green belt. As we face the current consultation on 4400 extra houses these hard won changes may yet prove significant.
The Masterplan also sets a framework for improvements and developments of the village centre that may be significant to help win improvements to the Coop plans.
Overall the draft Masterplan seems to prioritise development over life quality. It defended the need to lose parking and recreational areas to 'rationalisation'. It failed to defend the integrity of the Green Belt over housing and commercial development.
If this is policy we have a fight looming.
This weeks Oxford Times again leads with an article stating that the Kidlington Master Plan includes consultation on the possibility of building 3,000 homes in the Kidlington gap.
IT DOES NOT.
KDW has highlighted two points where the Master plan could undermine the Green Belt if not challenged. Both are quite well hidden in the proposals.
Clearly, the Green Belt is a huge issue. We think that if the Green Belt is becoming an irritant to those considering developing parts of it, then it is doing its job. The Green Belt provides lungs and windows for us all.
We do not know the source of these rumours but clearly it is important to respond to the Master Plan consultation. Please send your feedback to Cherwell before the deadline. The consultation closes on 13 April 2016. Three years in planning and 28 days to respond - Wake up people.
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