Due to the national housing shortage the need for additional housing development in our area is inevitable. We will receive a draft quota of new housing from South Oxfordshire District Council for discussion lat-er this summer. The Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) provides an opportunity for the village to influence where new housing will be located.
The area of the Plan is the parish of Wheatley including Littleworth and the built-up part of the Brookes University site. For this reason the consultation will include Holton. Go to the Map for more information.
The development of the Plan is a long and detailed process and to be accepted must involve the whole community providing information, opinion and ideas as well as factual information. It is a process which we believe is well worth the effort because once approved the Plan becomes part of national government’s planning policy and gives us all an opportunity to influence how our community develops over the next 20 years. The final Neighbourhood Plan will be the subject of a referendum of Holton and Wheatley, currently planned for late 2017.
The Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan Committee convened as a statutory consultation body in January 2016. All committee members are local residents and volunteers and were recruited at public meetings. The list of members is on the WNP website and on the noticeboards of both parish councils.
The committee is examining existing issues and the potential impact of new housing. These include but are not limited to: suitable house sites (also types of homes needed i.e. affordable, social rented, elderly downsizes); drainage: flooding; sewerage; traffic (volume, pollution, parking, HGVs and any plan to expand the M40 at J.8A); small business needs; young people’s facilities; pavements and walkways; access to schools and industrial and commercial considerations.
There are nearly 5,000 people living in Wheatley and Holton and we want to hear your opinions. The consultation period starts now and lasts until September. During this period three short questionnaires (covering Housing, Infrastructure and Community) will be sent out to each household. It is vital that each household completes their questionnaires to ensure that a representative sample is collected from the community. There will also be a number of public presentations and consultations which will provide updates on the progress of the Plan and gather further evidence on the views of the community. The first of these will be on Saturday 7th May from 10.00 to 16.00 at the Merry Bells.