West Oxfordshire Local Plan Housing Consultation

11 Next Steps

11.1 This focused consultation document will be subject to consultation until 19th September 2014. All responses received will be taken into account by the Council in preparing the pre-submission draft version of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan (2011-2029).

11.2 Subject to the agreement of Cabinet and Council in October 2014, the pre-submission draft Local Plan will be formally published in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

11.3 At that point there will be a 6-week period within which any person may make representations about the Local Plan.

11.4 Following the end of the 6-week period all representations will be collated and submitted along with the Local Plan and supporting evidence papers to the Planning Inspectorate who will arrange an independent examination in spring 2015.

11.5 For further information:

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11.7 Appendix 1

11.8 Consultation Questions

11.9 Plan Period

11.10 Consultation Question 1) Do you agree that the period 2011 - 2029 is a reasonable period of time for the new West Oxfordshire Local Plan to cover? If not, what period should the plan cover and why?

11.11 Proposed Housing Target

11.12 Consultation Question 2)Do you support the proposed Local Plan housing target of at least 9,450 homes to be provided in West Oxfordshire over the period 2011 - 2029 (525 per annum)?

11.13 If you do not agree with the proposed target, please explain why and identify which alternative target you consider should be used.

11.14 Proposed Spatial Strategy

11.15 Consultation Question 3)Do you agree with proposed spatial strategy outlined in paragraphs 5.15 - 5.19?

11.16 If not, which alternative strategy do you think should form the basis of the new Local Plan?

11.17 Witney Sub-Area

11.18 Consultation Question 4)Do you support the overall level of housing provision identified for the Witney Sub-Area (3,550 new homes)? Please expand as necessary.

11.19 Consultation Question 5) Do you support the draft allocation of land at East Witney for the provision of 400 homes? Please expand as necessary.

11.20 Consultation Question 6) Do you support the draft allocation of land at North Witney for the phased provision of 1,000 homes with the majority (c.800) to come forward after 2021? Please expand as necessary.

11.21 Consultation Question 7) Do you agree with the exclusion of the alternative site options to the south and north east of Witney? Please expand as necessary.

11.22 Consultation Question 8) Are there any other sites not identified that you think should be identified within the Witney sub-area to help meet the overall housing requirement?

11.23 Carterton Sub-Area

11.24 Consultation Question 9)Do you support the overall level of housing provision identified for the Carterton Sub-Area (2,450 new homes)? Please expand as necessary.

11.25 Consultation Question 10) Do you support the proposed draft allocation of land at East Carterton for the provision of 700 homes? Please expand as necessary.

11.26 Consultation Question 11) Do you support the proposed draft allocation of land at REEMA Central for the provision of 200 homes (net)? Please expand as necessary.

11.27 Consultation Question 12) Do you agree with the exclusion of the alternative site options to the north of Carterton at Kilkenny Farm and to the west of Carterton? Please expand as necessary.

11.28 Consultation Question 13) Are there any other sites not identified that you think should be identified within the Carterton sub-area to help meet the overall housing requirement?

11.29 Chipping Norton Sub-Area

11.30 Consultation Question 14)Do you support the overall level of housing provision identified for the Chipping Norton Sub-Area (1,450 new homes)? Please expand as necessary.

11.31 Consultation Question 15) Do you support the proposed draft allocation of land at East Chipping Norton for the provision of around 500 homes? Please expand as necessary.

11.32 Consultation Question 16) Are there any other sites not identified that you think should be identified within the Chipping Norton sub-area to help meet the overall housing requirement?

11.33 Eynsham - Woodstock Sub-Area

11.34 Consultation Question 17)Do you support the overall level of housing provision identified for the Eynsham - Woodstock Sub-Area (1,350 new homes)? Please expand as necessary.

11.35 Consultation Question 18) Are there any other sites not identified that you think should be identified within the Eynsham - Woodstock sub-area to help meet the overall housing requirement?

11.36 Burford - Charlbury Sub-Area

11.37 Consultation Question 19)Do you support the overall level of housing provision identified for the Burford - Charlbury sub-area (650 new homes)? Please expand as necessary.

11.38 Consultation Question 20) Are there any other sites not identified that you think should be identified within the Burford - Charlbury sub-area to help meet the overall housing requirement?

11.39 Business Land Provision

11.40 Consultation Question 21) Do you agree with the overall level of business land provision identified in the emerging Local Plan (60 hectares)?

11.41 Consultation Question 22) Do you agree that there is a need to provide additional business land in Carterton to attract inward investment?

11.42 Consultation Question 23) Do you support the potential option of using the District Council's playing pitches at Monahan Way for business use, subject to their replacement in a suitable location elsewhere? If so, where should the replacement pitches be provided?

11.43 Consultation Question 24) Are there any other sites in or around Carterton that would be suitable for business use?

11.44 Affordable Housing

11.45 Consultation Question 25) Do you agree that all schemes resulting in a net gain of one or more dwellings (except self-build) should be required to make provision for affordable housing either on-site or through a commuted sum payment?

11.46 Consultation Question 26) Do you agree that self-build housing schemes should be exempt from having to make provision for affordable housing (subject to self-certification)?

11.47 Consultation Question 27) Do you consider that the threshold for on-site provision of affordable housing should be set at 6 dwellings, 11 dwellings or at a different level altogether?

11.48 Consultation Question 28) Do you agree with the proposals to seek up to 50% in the higher value area, up to 40% in the medium value area and up to 35% in the lower value area (as defined on Figure 8.2)?

11.49 Consultation Question 29) Do you agree that in terms of tenure, the Council should generally seek two thirds affordable rented housing and one third intermediate?

11.50 Consultation Question 30) Do you agree that the affordable housing commuted sum should be calculated on a £per m2basis to be worked up alongside the Council's CIL draft charging schedule?

11.51 Housing Mix - Market Housing

11.52 Consultation Question 31) The most recent evidence set out in the Oxfordshire SHMA (2014) suggests that as a general guide, the Council should seek the following proportions of market housing:

  • 4.8% 1-bed
  • 27.9% 2-bed
  • 43.4% 3-bed
  • 23.9% 4-bed

11.53 Do you agree that this is an appropriate approach in West Oxfordshire?

11.54 Housing Mix - Affordable Housing

11.55 Consultation Question 32) The most recent evidence suggests that as a general guide, the Council should seek the following proportions of affordable housing:

  • 65% - 67% 1-bed and 2-bed
  • 33% - 35% 3-bed and 4-bed

11.56 Do you agree that this is an appropriate approach in West Oxfordshire?

11.57 Housing Provision for Older People

11.58 Consultation Question 33) Do you agree with the measures outlined above and consider they will help to meet the future housing needs of West Oxfordshire's ageing population?

11.59 Are there any other specific measures that should be introduced to help meet the future housing needs of older people in West Oxfordshire?

11.60 Housing Provision for Younger People

11.61 Consultation Question 34) In addition to securing a good and balanced mix of house types and tenures, providing more affordable housing and encouraging self-build, are there any other specific measures that the Council should be pursuing through the Local Plan to help meet the future housing needs of younger people in West Oxfordshire?

11.62 Housing Provision for People with Disabilities

11.63 Consultation Question 35) Do you agree with the measures outlined above and consider they will help to meet the future housing needs of people with disabilities in West Oxfordshire?

11.64 Are there any other specific measures that should be introduced to help meet the future housing needs of those with a disability?

11.65 Housing Provision for Black and Minority Ethnic Households

11.66 Consultation Question 36) Other than in relation to the overall objective of securing a good, balanced mix of house types and tenures, are there any specific measures the Council should be seeking to introduce through the Local Plan to address the needs of black and minority ethnic households in West Oxfordshire?

11.67 Housing Provision for Households with Children

11.68 Consultation Question 37) Other than in relation to the overall objective of securing a good, balanced mix of house types and tenures including market and affordable housing, are there any specific measures the Council should be seeking to introduce through the Local Plan to address the needs of households with children?

11.69 Self-Build

11.70 Consultation Question 38) Do you agree with the measures proposed and consider they will help to meet the future housing needs of those wishing to undertake self-build projects in West Oxfordshire?

11.71 Are there any other specific measures that should be introduced to help meet the future housing needs of those wishing to self-build?

11.72 Travelling Communities

11.73 Consultation Question 39) Other than the application of a criteria-based policy to deal with speculative planning applications and specific site allocations for travelling communities to be identified in the Local Plan (Part 2) document are there any other specific measures that the Council should be seeking to introduce to meet the future housing needs of travelling communities?