Blueprint for 16,750 homes under scrutiny

Banbury Cake: Banbury Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry has described the district as an “open goal” for “opportunist” housing developers Banbury Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry has described the district as an “open goal” for “opportunist” housing developers

A PLANNING inquiry over where development will take place across Cherwell has opened.

Independent planning inspector Nigel Payne will be asked to approve the district council’s Local Plan, which sets out where 16,750 homes will be built by 2031.

The hearing, at the council’s Bodicote headquarters, is expected to last nine days over the next three weeks.

It will hear from interested parties, including officers and objectors.

Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “The inquiry in public will test the ‘soundness’ of the plan as an appropriate framework to guide the growth of the district until 2031. It will consider the numbers and locations for housing and employment growth as well as factors such as design and conservation and environmental management to ensure the necessary infrastructure will work.”

Banbury Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry has described the district as an “open goal” for “opportunist” housing developers after Cherwell has lost a string of housing appeals.

Since last October, more than 500 homes have been approved on appeal and planning inspectors have said it is because the district council cannot show that enough homes are being built in the area.

The inquiry is expected to finish on June 19, with the inspector due to report back to council members in October.

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11:26pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Severian says...

Well so much for that enquiry. The Planning Inspector has halted the enquiry until DECEMBER to allow Cherwell DC to go back and rethink its plans because it isn't building anywhere near ENOUGH houses over the next 20 years!

The enquiry was meant to test the "soundness" of the plan. The fact that the Inspector has made Cherwell go back and rewrite the housing part of it shows just how out of touch our local planning authority is. And it looks like we won't have a plan in place for another year.

In the meanwhile we can still have random planning applications having to be approved all over the place because Cherwell STILL hasn't got a Local Development Plan!
Well so much for that enquiry. The Planning Inspector has halted the enquiry until DECEMBER to allow Cherwell DC to go back and rethink its plans because it isn't building anywhere near ENOUGH houses over the next 20 years! The enquiry was meant to test the "soundness" of the plan. The fact that the Inspector has made Cherwell go back and rewrite the housing part of it shows just how out of touch our local planning authority is. And it looks like we won't have a plan in place for another year. In the meanwhile we can still have random planning applications having to be approved all over the place because Cherwell STILL hasn't got a Local Development Plan! Severian
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9:51am Fri 6 Jun 14

Bure Park Resident says...

That's one way of putting in Severian, but how about this idea? This government is hell bent on building more houses, and it is convenient for them and their buddies in the house building trade that Cherwell and many, many other local authorities, do not have a local plan. So actually Cherwell has being doing their bit to protect the residents from too many houses. CPRE and many other organisations have queried the validity of the new housing figures for Oxfordshire that the planning inspector appears to have unquestioningly accepted.
So it strikes me that the one person who has not done their job properly is the planning inspector.
That's one way of putting in Severian, but how about this idea? This government is hell bent on building more houses, and it is convenient for them and their buddies in the house building trade that Cherwell and many, many other local authorities, do not have a local plan. So actually Cherwell has being doing their bit to protect the residents from too many houses. CPRE and many other organisations have queried the validity of the new housing figures for Oxfordshire that the planning inspector appears to have unquestioningly accepted. So it strikes me that the one person who has not done their job properly is the planning inspector. Bure Park Resident
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2:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Severian says...

Bure Park Resident wrote:
That's one way of putting in Severian, but how about this idea? This government is hell bent on building more houses, and it is convenient for them and their buddies in the house building trade that Cherwell and many, many other local authorities, do not have a local plan. So actually Cherwell has being doing their bit to protect the residents from too many houses. CPRE and many other organisations have queried the validity of the new housing figures for Oxfordshire that the planning inspector appears to have unquestioningly accepted.
So it strikes me that the one person who has not done their job properly is the planning inspector.
By not having an LDP Cherwell is actually damaging the area - because developers can submit applications for anywhere, and in most cases if Cherwell refuse them the Planning Inspector will approve the plans because Cherwell can't say how it will deliver the demanded houses.

What we have is a position where our lack of planning is leading to a complete free for all.

If Cherwell was doing its bit to protect residents, why did Barry Wood suddenly announce that Bicester was going to have a 5,000 house "Eco town" dumped on its border, with absolutely no local consultation whatsoever? Because Cherwell and the developers agreed they wanted to share in the benefits of the increase in land values, that's why. See the first paragraph of this letter for details: http://www.cherwell.
gov.uk/media/pdf/o/r
/P3Eco_letter.pdf
[quote][p][bold]Bure Park Resident[/bold] wrote: That's one way of putting in Severian, but how about this idea? This government is hell bent on building more houses, and it is convenient for them and their buddies in the house building trade that Cherwell and many, many other local authorities, do not have a local plan. So actually Cherwell has being doing their bit to protect the residents from too many houses. CPRE and many other organisations have queried the validity of the new housing figures for Oxfordshire that the planning inspector appears to have unquestioningly accepted. So it strikes me that the one person who has not done their job properly is the planning inspector.[/p][/quote]By not having an LDP Cherwell is actually damaging the area - because developers can submit applications for anywhere, and in most cases if Cherwell refuse them the Planning Inspector will approve the plans because Cherwell can't say how it will deliver the demanded houses. What we have is a position where our lack of planning is leading to a complete free for all. If Cherwell was doing its bit to protect residents, why did Barry Wood suddenly announce that Bicester was going to have a 5,000 house "Eco town" dumped on its border, with absolutely no local consultation whatsoever? Because Cherwell and the developers agreed they wanted to share in the benefits of the increase in land values, that's why. See the first paragraph of this letter for details: http://www.cherwell. gov.uk/media/pdf/o/r /P3Eco_letter.pdf Severian
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