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Where has the Neighbourhood Plan got to?

West Oxfordshire (WODC) has approved changes to its own Local Plan which has been 'on hold' since earlier in the year when the Planning Inspector rejected it for not including enough new homes district-wide. He also made it clear that WODC had to respond positively to Oxford City's 'unmet housing need' which was formally agreed in September.

WODC has chosen to locate 3200 new homes in and around Eynsham of which 2750 will meet Oxford City's needs. 2200 will go in a 'new' village north of the A40 and 1000 would cover every possible scrap of land west of the village - which flies in the face of  the ENP which wants to balance housing need and quality of village life suggesting a mere 600 new houses - is trying to achieve.

Responses to our Questionnaire in the Eynsham-News showed 80% did not want to fight the new village but 96% thought the A40 traffic- jams should be fixed first.

Formal consultations in progress

WODC's Local Plan 3200 houses for Eynsham - consultation has now closed.

OCC's plans for the A40 - consultation runs until January 12th.

Eynsham's Neighbourhood Plan is out for pre-submission consultation until Jan 31st, after which it will be formally submitted to WODC

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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Eynsham's Neighbourhood Plan will shape future development over the next 15 years to meet national, regional and local housing needs in ways that ...

  • retain the character, style, friendliness and community spirit of Eynsham
  • enhance our community socially, environmentally and economically
  • provide the necessary transport and infrastructure for current and new residents.

The Plan will include policies which ...

  • govern the location, type and style of new buildings and industrial facilities
  • keep new traffic off existing village roads and create new walking and cycle routes
  • link village and countryside with green spaces and places for play and recreation
  • ensure space is available for enough school places for all local children
  • identify locations for community services, activities and facilities for all age groups
  • ensure there will be space for new and expanding businesses
  • preserve and enhance Eynsham’s history and heritage.

Without a Plan, the village will be threatened by developments which ...

  • are built solely to suit developers' profit, not the needs of new or existing residents
  • do not provide the roads, school places and community facilities to support more residents
  • consist of 'standard' designs with token provision of green space, footpaths and cycleways have no concern for providing homes which local families can afford
  • won't provide the types of home which the skilled staff (needed by local businesses) can afford.
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