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Appeal: Javid approves Oxford homes because of housing need

Sajid Javid

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has supported an inspector’s decision to approve 260 homes for Witney in Oxford, after finding that the benefit of helping West Oxfordshire District Council to address its housing shortage outweighed limited impacts on landscape and heritage assets.

Javid agreed with inspector Frances Mahoney’s assessment that the council is unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land, and deemed that this deficiency in supply should carry substantial weight.

Noting that that the site forms part of the wider setting of the valley of the River Windrush, which is a “fundamental component of the town’s attractive character”, Javid a.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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