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Council to assist with city housing need

Feedback is being sought on how Cherwell District Council could contribute in helping Oxford City Council meet a shortfall in housing provision.

The council is working cooperatively with Oxford City Council to examine how it can contribute in addressing unmet housing need arising from the city.

In endorsing the Cherwell Local Plan last year, a Government appointed Planning Inspector emphasised the importance of all the Oxfordshire Councils continuing with work to help meet the high level of housing need faced by Oxford.

A ‘Partial Review’ of the Cherwell Local Plan is to be prepared to specifically address Cherwell’s contribution.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said:

“The adopted Local Plan recognises that Cherwell will need to play its part in meeting the identified unmet need of our neighbours in Oxford. Oxford’s tight administrative boundary, flood risk and the important surrounding Green Belt make it a challenging task. We must consider these issues with the utmost care and rigour and are inviting those in Cherwell and Oxford to engage with us in identifying all the issues and options that must be carefully examined.”

The consultation seeks feedback from the public on any economic, social or environmental issues which will need to be considered in meeting Oxford’s unmet housing need. No sites have yet been proposed although Cherwell is welcoming the submission of sites to be considered which could accommodate at least ten properties.

The public consultation will run for six weeks from Friday, 29 January until Friday, 11 March. Copies of the consultation documents are available to view at public libraries across Cherwell, at the council’s Linkpoints at Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington, at Banbury and Bicester Town Councils and Cherwell District Council’s main office at Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury.

They will also be available at the Oxford City Council offices at St Aldate’s Chambers, at Oxford Central Library until 27 February (Westgate Centre), at Old Marston Library and at Summertown Library.

Alternatively the documents can be viewed online at www.cherwell.gov.uk/policypublicconsultation


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