Cherwell plan to to be examined

Bicester town centre.Sheep Street.'120107M-C134
Bicester town centre.Sheep Street.'120107M-C134
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More than 76,000 pages of evidence relating to Cherwell District Council’s proposed Local Plan, which pinpoints sites for nearly 17,000 houses, are undergoing formal examination by the Government’s planning inspector.

The document was formally submitted to the government on January 31 and will be examined by the appointed inspector, Nigel Payne.

Mr Payne will then host a two-week inquiry in public later this year, where he will decide whether to approve the submitted plan or to request changes.

The plan makes provisions for 16,750 new homes, of which 6,894 have been allocated in Bicester, 5,954 in Banbury and 3,902 spread across the rest of the district, to be built by 2031.

Around 2,900 of these homes have already been built since 2006. Michael Gibbard, councillor for planning, said: “Since being approved by councillors in the autumn, all 76,000 pages associated with the proposed local plan have had to undergo final checks and legal scrutiny, as required by the government.

“None of this has changed the content of the plan, but it has ensured it is ready for formal examination.

“A government planning inspector has now been appointed to check the plan and all of the associated evidence, ahead of an inquiry in public later this year.

“This inquiry will be a final opportunity for the council and stakeholders to present the plan to the inspector directly before it is adopted in the winter.”