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Wantage Neighbourhood Plan

Wantage Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan was first drafted in 2014/15, with the help of the Campaign Group but was rejected by a planning inspector in 2016. The updated Plan has been modified to amend or remove the policies that were deemed unacceptable by the Inspector, but disappointingly all other policies remain unchanged.
There is a copy of the draft plan and a survey to complete on the Town Council website. The deadline for responses is 15th January 2021 so don’t delay.

The plan was developed in 2014/15:

Only 11 policies remain in the plan.

Views of residents were last sought in 2014 – since then we have at least 500 more homes occupied and a significant change in the population.
Those new residents have been denied their views on what the plan for the town should include and can only comment on the policies which are included already.
This plan was written in 2015 and many things have changed since then, including the approval of Vale Local Plan Part 2 with many policies which cover similar things to those in the neighbourhood plan.
Some of the policies refer to the “use classes” which guide the use of land and buildings. These “use classes” changed in September 2020 and the plan still refers to the old “classes”. We’re not sure what effect this would have on the policies but they are probably out of date.
All the maps in the plan relate to 2015 and therefore exclude several of the major new developments in the town.
The concept plans for green infrastructure links and cycle ways include potential routes through some of these new developments which can no longer be achieved.
One of the policies relates protecting Assets of Community Value and the ambition (when the plan was originally written) was for several assets in the town to be designated. Yet no record of any designations can be found.
We think the Neighbourhood Plan needs a refresh before it is submitted.

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