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What Does Sustainable Mean?

According to the National Planning Policy Framework , plans and approvals must be realistic and sustainable. There are "Three dimensions to Sustainable Development"

Local Plans should include strategic policies to deliver:

  1. the homes and jobs needed in the area;
  2. the provision of retail, leisure and other commercial development;
  3. the provision of infrastructure for transport, telecommunications, waste management, water supply, wastewater, flood risk and coastal change management, and the provision of minerals and energy (including heat);
  4. the provision of health, security, community and cultural infrastructure and other local facilities; and
  5. climate change mitigation and adaptation, conservation and enhancement of the natural and historic environment, including landscape.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Sustainable Wantage suggests that we need to ensure that the developments proceed in the context of the UK target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and all that implies for housing, transport, local employment and sustainability.

JOBS:
The local plan for the Vale of the White Horse forecasts 22,982 more jobs by 2031.

ROADS:
All of our A roads are close to capacity and none of our roads are wide enough to allow anyone to safely overtake a cyclist without crossing the white line and getting in the way of on-coming traffic.
There may be enhancements to Featherbed Lane and Rowstock Roundabout and both the Airfield and Crab Hill may include some Bypass Roads but no widening of existing roads out of town for bus stops or cyclists.

Grove Station:
Wantage Road Station was closed in 1964 and there have been various ideas about re-opening the station since then. This is now back on a long term agenda.

SCHOOLS:
New schools are planned for Grove Airfield and Crab Hill but these will not be built before 2021 at the earliest. Existing schools in Wantage and Grove have very few (if any) places available now and new homes are being built all the time.

HEALTH:
The two GP practices in the Health Centre in Mably Way, Newbury Street and Church Street, are both essentially full. Our local Community hospital is only providing midwife led maternity services. In-patient facilities have been temporarily closed since July 2016.

LEISURE:
Wantage Leisure centre is old and tired. A new leisure centre is planned on Mably Way but it will only have about half of the facilities required by a community of our planned size.

FLOOD RISK/WATER
Flooding has a significant impact on the people and economy of Oxfordshire.

HOUSING:
Current plans propose 6,200 more homes in Wantage, Grove and surrounding villages by 2031. By the time all of the new 15,000 residents are living here we might have three new primary schools and a new secondary school and an eastern relief road round a quarter of Wantage but no commitments have been made for improvements to health services or existing roads.

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