Prospective Development of up to 3,000 houses to the north of South Leigh.

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Please do also look at the Eynsham Parish Council website – there is a lot of information there about their version of the Garden Village which are also pertinent to us and may well answer some of your questions.

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Nicky Brooks
Chairman of South Leigh Parish Council
01993 701137 /
nickybrooks@southleigh.info
 
Update from the Parish Council with regard to the proposed Gladman site.

You will remember that the two most effective tools to help prevent this application getting a hold are:

  1. The West Oxfordshire District Plan. This plan (among many other things) allocates the Council’s choices for sites to be developed for housing. The South Leigh site isn’t and never has been included. The Plan has had its final inspection from the National Government Inspector and he has passed it in its entirety. The last formality is for WODC to vote to accept his Report. This is due to happen in the last week of September. The Plan then formally becomes the accepted Document that WODC use in making decisions about new housing etc. Just to reiterate the point - there is no provision for development in South Leigh!

  1. The South Leigh Neighbourhood Plan. This is the equivalent of a Parish version of WODC Local Plan and looks at what our residents deem important to the future of our Parish. It’s also rapidly drawing towards adoption. The appointed independent Examiner has asked for more detail on a few items which we have supplied (many thanks to Heather Horner) and we are awaiting his response. All being well, he will accept the whole Neighbourhood Plan. WODC need to adopt his Report and then the next step will be for WODC to arrange a parish referendum vote - it will be up to you to decide whether you approve the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan or not. The Examiner’s most recent letter and our reply with attachments can be found on the village website.

Our Neighbourhood Plan and the WODC Local Plan will sit alongside each other. Any Planning application will be measured against these two complimentary documents and approval for new houses/buildings in the Parish will only be given if the applications comply with the policies detailed in both documents.

All this provides great protection to our Parish until 2031 but, of course, we never know what might happen in the future - how laws or political will may change. It is still possible, but thought unlikely, that Gladman might still try to object to the adopted Local Plan and, of course, it won’t be long before WODC will be looking for new land to develop to be included in the next plan. We will see...

Nicky and Ken Brooks, September 2018

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Development plan
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Introductory article
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Background
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Meeting 31.01.2017
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Agenda 12.02.2017
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Meeting 12.02.2017
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Exhibition notes August 2017
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Adam Mumford's Letter
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Update - June 2018
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