Draft Local Plan October 2012

OVERALL STRATEGY

4.1 Having set out our vision and objectives for the future, we need to consider how these are going to be achieved. How are we going to deliver more affordable housing, how will we tackle flooding and what will we do to boost the economy?

4.2 This section sets out the overall strategy for the District which has five key strands that apply to all development regardless of scale or type:

  • Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development - allowing development which is sustainable to go ahead.
  • Locating Development in the Right Places - influencing where development takes place can help to ensure housing and jobs are provided where they are most needed, ensure good access to facilities, help reduce car use, protect important areas such as Green Belt and AONB and avoid other sensitive areas such as those that are prone to flooding.
  • Prudent use of natural resources - natural resources are those that occur naturally within the environment including water, air, wind, sunlight and minerals. Some of these such as wind and sunlight are 'renewable' because they are naturally replenished, whilst others such as gas and oil are 'non-renewable' because they are limited and may be used up before they can be naturally replenished. We must give careful consideration to the use of natural resources particularly those that are 'non-renewable'.
  • High quality design - the Government's objective for the planning system is to promote good design that ensures attractive, usable and durable places. This is a key element in achieving sustainable development and a key consideration for West Oxfordshire which enjoys a high quality, distinctive environment.
  • Supporting infrastructure - provision must be made for the facilities and services that are essential for growth such as schools, roads, libraries and open space. Without appropriate investment in new and enhanced infrastructure, existing services will come under pressure and may be unable to cope.