Oxford Local Plan 2036 - Inspectors' report published 18 May. The City Council are expected to approve it on June 8th. The link to the report is given below.
Our view is that it is time to take a step back and consider if prioritising economic growth at all costs, over all other considerations is the right way forward.
Oxford City Local Plan affects everyone living in the City and surrounding Districts or who feels that the Oxford Green Belt should be protected. It proposes that a huge number of new houses should be built, most of them in the Districts and a large number on the Green Belt. Oxford’s plans are the reason Cherwell is proposing that 4,400 houses should be built on or next to the Green Belt around Begbroke, Yarnton, Kidlington and Woodstock.
Many think that the need is vastly exaggerated and that Oxford could be doing much more to meet its own need. Its updated housing assessment says around 750 new houses per year will meet its needs, including a large addition for affordable housing. The City Council is ignoring this and pushing ahead with a much higher figure. It makes a ludicrous circular argument that this is because councils like Cherwell are already planning for it. But the unnecessary higher figure is the sole reason why Cherwell is planning to build 4,400 houses in the Green Belt in our area.
We believe the City Council's Plan is not making best use of available city brownfield sites. It is also protecting land available within the City boundary for employment purposes (such as the Northern Gateway) instead of using it for housing. The City could probably meet most of it's housing need without asking other councils to accept it's overspill.
This plan is driving unnecessary Green Belt development around Oxford