Time is running out to have your say on proposed housing delivery strategy

Released on October 11, 2017

People in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are reminded that they only have until midnight on Monday 23 October to submit their comments on the proposed Joint Housing Delivery Strategy.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have published the draft strategy which sets out how they are proposing to meet the significant challenge of delivering thousands of new homes over the next 14-16 years.

To view and comment on the proposed strategy visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/housingstrategy2017 or www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/housingstrategy2017.

If you require assistance to complete the survey, or would like a paper copy, please contact the councils’ housing team on 01235 422451 or email housing@southandvale.gov.uk.

Parish councils in areas where neighbourhood plans are being prepared are asked to seek the views of the neighbourhood planning group when responding to this consultation.

Cllr Lynn Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Housing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Delivering the new homes required will be a significant challenge and one we will only meet if the public sector, local communities and the house building industry work together.   We’ve already received a good response to the consultation but it is important that we receive the views of as many people as possible to ensure the new strategy is suitable to help us meet the wide variety of needs.” 

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Housing at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will be a key document for many years to come so it’s important people have their say before it is adopted by the councils later this year.”

About the proposed strategy

The number of new homes proposed in each district is set out in the councils’ respective adopted and emerging local plans.  The councils’ proposed Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will work alongside the respective local plans to guide how these new homes will be delivered and ensure that the types of homes provided meet the various needs of our communities.

The draft strategy represents a significant change to the way the councils will work with partners to get new homes built.  If the strategy is adopted the councils will adopt an 'enabler role' to ensure that the required number of new homes can be delivered, which are also of the right type to meet local need, and built at the right time in the locations allocated in the respective local plans. 

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Challenges to delivering new homes

A number of factors determine how quick and easy it is to deliver new homes, including capacity within the house building industry, the availability of sufficient land, and the availability of funding to provide affordable housing and infrastructure.

The proposed strategy sets out how the councils will overcome these challenges by working with landowners, developers, local communities and infrastructure providers to ensure that the new homes can be delivered as quickly as possible while also meeting the needs of our communities.

For information on the councils’ local plans please visit southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/localplan