Local Plan 2031 Part 2 update
After the inspection of the plan last summer, the Inspector published his final comments in December and the Vale has now published a revised plan for consultation. For details see our Local Plan page.
Affinity Water, who are the partners with Thames Water in the proposed Abingdon Reservoir, have their revised draft Water Resouce Management Plan out for consultation (ends 26th April).
As Affinity's supposed needs are the driver for the early construction of the Abingdon reservoir (2025-2037), we believe it is very important for Oxfordshire Stakeholders to reply to this consultation.
The Group Against Reservoir Development's analysis of the Affinity Plan found that Affinity Water has not proven the need for the Abingdon Reservoir at any date before the late 2060s, and there is no case for its construction starting early. There are other, more flexible, and more quickly delivered solutions to the possible supply shortages in Affinity’s central zone from the mid-century onwards, if indeed these arise at all. There are simpler, less costly and faster ways of achieving more chalk stream relief than Affinity’s plan, without waiting for Abingdon reservoir, which may never be needed at all for supplying Affinity’s customers.
Thames Water have announced that their new plan will propose to bring the Reservoir forward to start construction in 2025 (a decade earlier than previously). More than 50% of the water from the reservoir will be sold to other water companies, not used to supply London's growth (which Thames have been forced to admit will be less than their original exaggerated figures had proposed).
For the most up-to-date information please see Abingdon Reservoir
Some 6,200 houses are in the pipeline for Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages. More may soon follow.
Government guidelines say that development should be "sustainable". We do not think it is sustainable to put thousands of houses where medical facilities are increasingly inadequate, schools are virtually above capacity, there is little employment in the area, and roads to where there is employment are unsuited to commuting.
We came together to campaign for a better deal for our area. As it says in our Aims:
We are not against any development in Wantage and Grove but: