PLANS detailing where thousands of new homes could be built in part of Oxfordshire have been approved.

Vale of White Horse District Council has agreed its local plan of where estates should be built by 2031.

Peter Collins, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Oxfordshire, said: “This is an unsustainable plan which will never meet its target. It’s based on aspirational housing figures and is being pushed through quickly. It deserves to be properly considered before the green fields of the Vale are spoiled forever.”

A meeting of the full council at The Beacon in Wantage discussed the document, which outlines the district’s site allocation for 20,500 new homes .

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Created under the 2011 Localism Act, the plans allow residents to outline where new houses and businesses should go and how they should look.

The Vale is planning for 5,500 new homes in Didcot and Harwell, 610 in Abingdon and 1,730 in villages near Abingdon, as well as other new sites.

The plan will go out for consultation for six weeks before being submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

Roger Cox, cabinet member for planning development, said: “Several years of hard work have come to fruition and we are very pleased with it. We have thought long and hard about it and consulted many people. It will help us regain control of our planning development and we’ll be in a much better position for having it in place.”

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