Residents can help plan town

Oxford Mail: Residents can help plan town Residents can help plan town

WANTAGE residents can “regain control” of their town and decide how it will look in 20 years.

The town council has put aside £40,000 to create a Neighbourhood Plan, and wants residents and business owners to take the lead on it.

The document can dictate what new homes should look like, where they should be build, what shops look like, and what leisure facilities there are.

Created by the 2011 Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans are legally-binding documents which all planning applications must take into account.

Wantage Mayor Fiona Roper said: “People have felt that they haven’t been in control with all the planning applications coming in and we haven’t been able to resist them. It is important to be able to regain control over our town.”

In the past year, Vale of White Horse District Council has given planning permission for more than 4,000 homes at the Grove Airfield, Crab Hill in Charlton, Stockham Farm on Denchworth Road and more. The plan cannot dictate how many homes should be built because it cannot contradict the Vale’s Local Plan for development, but it can say where they will be sited.

The council launched its public consultation earlier this month. It will hold the first in a series of public drop-in sessions at The Beacon (formerly Wantage Civic Hall) on Saturday, June 28, from 10am to 3pm.

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9:08am Mon 23 Jun 14

wantagejack says...

Just look at all the development currenlty going on around Wantage: they are three years too late.
Just look at all the development currenlty going on around Wantage: they are three years too late. wantagejack
  • Score: 5

9:55am Mon 23 Jun 14

Richard of Wantage says...

"The plan cannot dictate how many homes should be built because it cannot contradict the Vale’s Local Plan for development, but it can say where they will be sited." - shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted springs to mind!
"The plan cannot dictate how many homes should be built because it cannot contradict the Vale’s Local Plan for development, but it can say where they will be sited." - shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted springs to mind! Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 6

7:58am Tue 24 Jun 14

brucklay227 says...

Wantage was once a lovely market town, now look at it. Completely ruined by fourth grade planners and committees. The people have had their say in the past by objections and ignored. What difference to this new idea? NONE. Wishy-washy, Liberal do-gooding tosh.
Wantage was once a lovely market town, now look at it. Completely ruined by fourth grade planners and committees. The people have had their say in the past by objections and ignored. What difference to this new idea? NONE. Wishy-washy, Liberal do-gooding tosh. brucklay227
  • Score: 1

1:43am Wed 25 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

Stopping Jenny Hannaby from putting her oar in might help progress things.
Stopping Jenny Hannaby from putting her oar in might help progress things. Neonlights
  • Score: 3

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