Cherwell Local Plan consultation reveals new Banbury homes

Councillor Michael Gibbard
Councillor Michael Gibbard

Feedback is being sought on Cherwell’s revised Local Plan, which now includes additional development sites and increased housing numbers.

In June this year, Government planning inspector Nigel Payne suspended the inquiry into Cherwell’s submitted local plan to allow officers the opportunity to update the document in line with new housing requirements identified in the 2014 Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for Oxfordshire.

Since then officers have revised the plan to accommodate additional housing numbers as set out in the SHMA report and a public consultation is now under way seeking feedback on the modifications.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “The original and revised local plan documents cannot be compared like-for-like because the timeframe for delivery has now changed. Initially the plan looked at delivering 16,750 homes between 2006 and 2013 and now we are being asked to consider ways to provide 22,800 homes between 2011 and 2031.

“Of this new number, 1,106 homes have already been built and we have granted permission for another 6,500 so in total we were looking for areas to deliver more than 15,000 homes which are yet to have been built or receive permission.”

The revised document has proposed 7,319 homes for Banbury and for the first time, more than 2,000 homes have been proposed at Former RAF Upper Heyford.

In Banbury, four of the original preferred sites have been revised to accommodate the extra homes and an additional four new sites have been proposed as follows:

- Canalside = 700

- Bankside Phase Two = 600

- North Hanwell Fields = 544

- Bolton Road = 200

- Salt Way West (new) = 150

- Salt Way East (new) = 1,345

- Drayton Lodge Farm (new) = 250

- Higham Way (new) = 150

Residents have until October 3 to comment on the proposed modifications ahead of a meeting of the full council on October 20 when members will vote whether to accept the revisions. If agreed, these will be put to the inspector when the hearing is expected to resume on December 9.

To view the local plan revisions, visit