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Oxfordshire council rejects unmet housing need advice

Words: Laura Edgar
Oxford has an unmet housing need of nearly 15,000 homes

While five out of six Oxfordshire councils have agreed to housing allocation suggestions on how to meet Oxford’s housing need, one has rejected its recommended number.

The Oxfordshire Growth Board met yesterday (27 September) to discuss recommendations made by senior officers from all six councils on how the city's housing need should be met.

It is thought the city needs nearly 15,000 homes, according to Oxfordshire County Council.

Cherwell District Council will provide sites for 4,400 homes, while Oxford City Council (550), Vale of White Horse District Council (2,200) and West Oxfordshire District Council (2,750) also agreed to provide sites to meet the need.

Oxfordshire County Council agreed to the allocations too.

South Oxfordshire District Council however, declined to agree to its recommendation to accommodate 4,950 homes.

Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council and chair of the Oxfordshire Growth Board, said: “The recommendations made to the growth board on housing apportionment was the result of years of hard work by all six councils in the county who have worked in partnership to develop a sustainable approach to meet the county’s future housing needs.

“I am disappointed that South Oxfordshire District Council was not in a position to support the recommendation. However, I am pleased that all other councils voted in support of the recommendations.”

The Memorandum of Co-operation does not “identify, propose, recommend or seek to identify, propose or recommend any site or sites for additional housing within any district. Each local planning authority will remain responsible for the allocation of housing sites within its own district and through its own local plan process”.

The board was set up to facilitate and enable joint working on economic development, strategic planning and growth. All six council leaders sit on the board.

Read more about the board here.

Image credits | iStock and Oxfordshire County Council