We now have two separate plans to respond to.
I've mentioned the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 before and the bus "roadshow" was in Wantage this week. It was a bit of a damp squib, but then the plan is at an early stage.
As CPRE state: "It takes as read the 100,000 houses our Local Councils have already signed up to deliver by the mid-2030s (in exchange for £215 million from the Government) – a 40% growth in housing stock. Although not spelt out in the Plan, after 2031, the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor proposals envisage another 250,000 or so houses - doubling Oxfordshire's housing stock and population by 2050. The inevitable conclusion is that this is not a plan for us – Oxfordshire residents of a rural county – but a plan for developers and big business."
The consultation document also explores the potential strategies for where to put all the additional new homes in the Plan.
It suggests a range of options, for example, concentration on existing towns and villages, providing new towns or spreading growth across the county or a combination of these options. We are asked to give our views on which is most appropriate.
For more information see our website: http://wantageandgrove.org/oxfordshire_plan2050.php
The Vale Local Plan 2031 Part 2 is back again. The Inspector published his final comments in December and the Vale has now published a revised plan for consultation.
Local Plan Part 2 (LPP2) had to allocate land for 2,200 homes to meet the needs of Oxford City (apparently there isn't any land in the city to build enough homes). The new allocations include: 1,200 homes on Dalton Barracks, 600 homes on the eastern edge of Kingston Bagpuize (in Fyfield parish), 400 more homes in North Grove (north of the Airfield), 130 more homes in East Hanney and 90 more in Marcham.
The 600 homes in Fyfield can’t be occupied before the completion of the upgrade at Frilford Junction, because the County Highways Team say the current junction wouldn’t be able to cope.
The 400 in Grove are supposedly to assist with delivering the North Grove Link Road and may only be a start. See our website for more details: http://www.wantageandgrove.org/valeplan2031.php
And some good news: Grove Post Office will be reopening in the Co-op, Grovelands Shopping Centre, Savile Way. It should open around the end of April so you won't have to travel to Wantage or Charlton anymore.
Finally road works:
Let's start with the A417 near Charlton:
So if they don't work together there could be two sets of lights within half a mile!
That was the A417 - now the rest...
If you want to look at road news yourself then go to www.roadworks.org
That's enough for now. Thanks for reading.
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group