This version of the local plan being consulted on is based on housing need evidence that supported the South East Plan - also known as the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East. But this plan is being revoked by Parliament so should no longer influence the Council.
Core Objectives of the South East Plan: [show detail]
Core Objectives of the Plan:
Central Oxfordshire - Core Strategy [show detail]
Central Oxfordshire is one of the nine identified sub-regions of the South East Plan. The strategy for Central Oxfordshire is to strive to be a world leader in education, science and technology by building on the sub-region's economic strengths in ways which will:
The Role of Market Towns [show detail]
Policy BE4: The Role of Small Rural Towns('Market' Towns)
"Local planning authorities should encourage and initiate schemes and proposals that help strengthen the viability of small rural towns, recognising their social, economic and cultural importance to wider rural areas and the region as a whole. Local planning authorities, through their local development documents and other means, should:
Settlement Pattern [show detail]
Paragraph 22.5 of the South East Plan states that "The settlement pattern of the sub-region will change over the Plan period. Oxford itself will be allowed to grow physically and economically in order to accommodate its own needs, contribute to those in the wider region and help maintain its world-class status. Greater emphasis will be given to increasing social and economic self-containment at Bicester, Didcot, Wantage/Grove, to a lesser extent Witney and, outside the sub-region, Banbury. Bicester should seek to maximise the benefits accruing from its location, for example, on the evolving Oxford to Cambridge Arc and railway network. At the southern end of the sub-region, a development corridor encompassing Didcot and Wantage/Grove (known as Science Vale UK), utilising its economic strengths and delivering improved transport links between homes and jobs, is being pursued by the local authorities and others."
Housing Distribution [show detail]
Paragraph 22.13 states that "Housing will be distributed as set out in Policy CO3. It is assumed that about 4,900 will be built at Bicester, about 8,750 at Didcot and about 3,400 at Wantage/Grove."
Road Improvements [show detail]
Paragraph 22.23 states that
"Within the sub-region, all relevant parties will collaborate to promote and/or deliver a range of measures and initiatives aimed at improving transport links between the main settlements by sustainable means. Examples could include frequent, high quality premium bus routes supported by bus priority measures and local park and ride facilities, exploring the potential to improve rail services in the vicinity of the A34 corridor and improving the homes to jobs transport links for all modes within the emerging Didcot-Wantage/Grove growth corridor.
Paragraph 22.25 states that "local road and junction improvements will be required in the country towns to cater for recent and ongoing housing and economic growth, including at Didcot, Wantage and Grove, Witney and Bicester."
Community Infrastructure [show detail]
Policy S6 states "Sustainable communities depend on the effective delivery of community infrastructure. Given the expected growth in the region's population, there will inevitably be a need for additional investment in community infrastructure - childcare, community centres, village halls, places of worship, fire and rescue stations, leisure centres, libraries, police stations, prison provision, social services facilities, and waste and recycling facilities."
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