No Decision Anytime Soon On How Many Homes Will Be Built In Thame
6:44am 29th July 2010
(Updated 5:49am 30th July 2010)
It'll be almost Christmas before a decision is taken on whether or not to scrap plans for 850 new homes in Thame.
That is despite the coalition scrapping regional house building targets almost 2 months ago.
Angie Paterson, the Head of Planning at South Oxfordshire District Council, says they can't decide until they get a clear instruction from the new government, which isn't due until near Christmas.
"We now have a strong steer from government that we are responsible for establishing the right pattern of development for our area, including the right level of local housing provision. The withdrawal of the South East Plan means that housing targets will no longer be imposed upon us.
"The responsibility is now ours to address how best to meet the various challenges facing us, including how best to foster a healthy local economy and how to meet the present and on-going need for more housing.
"To respond fully to these new freedoms and responsibilities will mean a fresh approach to producing local planning policy documents and we know this will take some time to do, probably several years. But in the meantime we are also very conscious that our current Local Plan only takes us to 2011. We need a clear vision to carry us through the next few years until we can deliver the next generation of local plan. We need a vision that will help us to continue to attract funding and investment for those areas where we are confident there is support for further development and that will also ensure we are in control of what development happens elsewhere - development led by our vision and not by speculative planning applications."
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