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Have your say on where new homes should go

Newsdesks: September 27, 2005

Have your say on where new homes should go

Residents in Oxfordshire are being reminded to have their say on where 21,000 new homes should be built between 2016 and 2026.

A consultation exercise has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council on behalf of the South East of England Regional Assembly (SEERA).

The first of several exhibitions on the subject are taking place this week.
Oxford’s Westgate Centre (until October 2) and the Vale of White Horse District Council offices in Abingdon (until October 4) are the venues. Information will be available along with forms to fill in with views.

The housing numbers are Oxfordshire’s share of the homes that the Assembly has decided the region must absorb over the ten-year span.

The Assembly’s South East Plan takes over from the traditional Structure Plans that used to govern the planning system. These were the responsibility of local authorities such as Oxfordshire County Council.

It is likely that around 10,000 of the 21,000 new homes will have to be built on previously undeveloped land.

Those who wish to have their say will be presented with two options for the spread of new housing as well as a section for people to come up with their own suggestions.

The consultation exercise closes on October 28. Copies of the questionnaire are available at libraries and council offices. It will also be possible to fill in an on-line questionnaire at HYPERLINK

The County Council’s citizen’s panel is also being consulted as are several organisations across the county.

Colin Critch · Tue 27 Sep 2005, 16:00 · Link

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