West Oxfordshire Local Plan Housing Consultation

4 Overall number of homes to be provided

4.1 In this section we set out how many new homes are proposed and explain the reasoning behind the target.

4.2 Identifying the number of new homes to be planned for is not an exact science. There is no single, right answer rather it is a case of pulling together a range of relevant factors and forming a balanced view.

4.3 Table 4.1 sets out the main factors, some but not all of which have been addressed in the Oxfordshire SHMA (2014).

Table 4.1 - Relevant Factors in Determining a Local Housing Target 

Relevant Factors in Determining a Local Housing Target

Addressed in Oxfordshire SHMA (2014)?

Demographic projections (future increase in population and number of households)

Yes

Economic forecasts (future change in job numbers)

Yes

Affordable housing need (people unable to rent or buy on the open market)

Yes

Market signals (land values, house prices etc.)

Yes

Past rates of housing delivery

Yes - in part

Market capacity

No

Housing land availability

No

Environmental considerations (Green Belt, AONB etc.)

No

Infrastructure capacity (roads, schools etc.)

No

Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

No

 

4.4 We consider these factors below to explain how we have arrived at the proposed housing target.