West Oxfordshire Growth Plans

8 November 2012, 12:00

People are getting a chance to have a say on plans to build 5,500 new homes in West Oxfordshire over the next 17 years.

There are also proposals for new employment sites, changes to roads, schools and leisure facilities.

The main areas that have been earmarked for growth by the District Council are Witney, Caterton and Chipping Norton.

In Witney, there are plans for a further 1,900 homes, a minimum of 10 hectares of employment land, a new primary school and a 4-way junction from Downs Road to the A40.

In Carterton, there are proposals for 1,850 new homes, including 400 within the town centre on land previouslt used for military housing, a new primary school and more work on Carterton Leisure Centre. There could also be a cycleway put in between Carterton and Witney.

In Chipping Norton, there are plans for 600 new homes, 5 hectares of employment land and for improved shopping facilities on land between the High Street and Albion Street.

There would also be 800 new homes elsewhere in the district.

A consultation into the proposals starts today (November 7th) and runs for 6 weeks.

Roadshow events will take place in Witney, Carterton and Brize Norton:

- Witney Methodist Church, Saturday 24th November, 10am to 1pm.
- Elderbank Hall, Brize Norton, Tuesday 27th November, 4pm to 8pm.
- Witney Methodist Church, Thursday 29th November, 12 noon to 6.30pm.
- Carterton Town Hall, Thursday 6th December, 12 noon to 6.30pm.
- Carterton Community Centre, Shilton Park, Saturday 8th December, 10am to 1pm.

After the consultation a final plan will be agreed by the District Council and then be submitted to the Government next year.