Last Friday [May 3rd] I had the pleasure of attending a public meeting for local people from the communities of Wantage and Grove at the Wantage Civic Hall.
Over the course of the consultation for the Local Plan Part One, there has been significant local concern in the Wantage and Grove area about the level of housing that has been allocated there compared to the perceived need for additional homes.
At a well attended meeting with around 200 residents, we discussed concerns about how the local supporting infrastructure and services would cope with this additional housing in a lively question and answer session
It was a positive and constructive meeting for both the district council to better understand the thoughts of local people and also to help the community groups to gain an insight into how the decisions in the local plan are made.
The discussions included the work that the Vale is doing to ensure a sound evidence base for the number of houses being developed in the district. Many residents spoke to me afterwards and said they appreciated the frank responses, and left the meeting with a better understanding of our position.
Finally, I would just like that all of you who responded to the consultation, which closed yesterday [May 9th]. Your comments will be incredibly helpful in taking the Local Plan forward to the next stage.
Cllr Matthew Barber, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council.
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