South Oxforshire District Council (SODC) have decided to take another look at the sites available in South Oxfordshire for major housing development as part of the process to finalise the Local Plan.
They will do this as long as the extra time it will take does not significantly impact on a countywide deal that SODC and other councils have made with the government to bring extra money to support housing growth and infrastructure, such as roads, in Oxfordshire.
SODC are looking at 15 sites and will be filtering these as part of the review process:
- current proposed sites: Culham, Wheatley, Berinsfield and Chalgrove Airfield
- previously considered (but not progressed) sites: Thornhill, Wick Farm, Lower Elsfield, Grenoble Road, Northfields, Harrington and land at Great Western Park
- additional sites submitted by developers: land at Emmer Green, Reading, Reading Golf Club, Playhatch at Reading, land off Thame Road, North Weston.
They are in discussion with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. If it becomes apparent that there will be a significant impact on the Deal, they will retain Chalgrove Airfield in the Local Plan and add a reserve site or sites.