Planners think again on sites for new homes across Cherwell

Banbury Cake: Planners think again on sites for new homes across Cherwell Planners think again on sites for new homes across Cherwell

A COUNCIL has been told to go back to the drawing board in its search for sites for thousands more homes across Cherwell.

An inspector dramatically halted an inquiry over Cherwell District Council’s Local Plan last week, telling the council to come back in six months’ time with sites for 6,050 more homes.

It came months after a report by the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) which said Oxfordshire will need to build 100,000 homes by 2031.

The district council had mapped sites for 16,750 new homes by 2031. But the inspector said it needed to find sites for 22,800 homes.

Cherwell says it will now review sites already approved for development to see if they can take more homes.

The search will focus on Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, and Upper Heyford, it said.

Independent councillor Les Sibley said: “The Local Plan’s in tatters. It’s going to be another years’ delay.

“This is a gift for developers who will be scrambling against each other to put in bids for land for potential houses.”

The Oxford branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England claim the SHMA report is deeply flawed and “wildly overstates” the numbers of homes needed.

Director Helen Marshall said: “We have put forward compelling evidence that the current SHMA is based on false assumptions and inaccurate predictions.”

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8:37am Wed 11 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

It isn't about what ordinary people need, but how the Tory-led government is trying to line the pockets of fat-cat landowners, property developers and large building construction companies, and a failing national government trying to massage recovery statistics. Even the Governor of the Bank of England has warned against another 'housing bubble' being created, which could see the country back on skid-row and deep recession again, while the construction industry and financial services grow rich, and ordinary folk are forced to use food banks! There are literally thousands and thousands of empty homes around the UK, but it's new homes which make developers lots of money, in areas like the South East, where land is at a premium, and 'job ghettoes' are concentrated.
It isn't about what ordinary people need, but how the Tory-led government is trying to line the pockets of fat-cat landowners, property developers and large building construction companies, and a failing national government trying to massage recovery statistics. Even the Governor of the Bank of England has warned against another 'housing bubble' being created, which could see the country back on skid-row and deep recession again, while the construction industry and financial services grow rich, and ordinary folk are forced to use food banks! There are literally thousands and thousands of empty homes around the UK, but it's new homes which make developers lots of money, in areas like the South East, where land is at a premium, and 'job ghettoes' are concentrated. Myron Blatz
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9:10am Wed 11 Jun 14

Bure Park Resident says...

The crazy thing is, that giving planning permission for more houses won't actually lead to more houses being built. I have some sympathy for Myron Blatz's view. Perhaps what is needed is a return to the days when District Councils could build houses themselves. In a market that is dominated by a few big house builders, there is not enough incentive for them to get ahead of the demand curve.
The crazy thing is, that giving planning permission for more houses won't actually lead to more houses being built. I have some sympathy for Myron Blatz's view. Perhaps what is needed is a return to the days when District Councils could build houses themselves. In a market that is dominated by a few big house builders, there is not enough incentive for them to get ahead of the demand curve. Bure Park Resident
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