West Oxfordshire Local Plan Housing Consultation

Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

4.79 The SHMA does not take account of the potential economic, social and environmental impact of new housing development. To help inform our judgement on these issues and the setting of the new housing target, the Council has commissioned an independent Sustainability Appraisal (SA) from independent consultants.

4.80 The SA report (available separately) considers a range of different housing targets ranging from 500-800 homes per annum. It concludes that whilst the higher housing numbers tested would have positive benefits in terms of certain objectives (i.e. those relating to housing and the economy) they are likely to have a negative impact in terms of other objectives including those relating to landscape and heritage and the efficient use of land due to the additional greenfield land likely to be needed.