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District continues to fulfil five year housing land supply

The district's current housing land supply position was laid out to members at a meeting of Cherwell District Council's executive committee on Monday, 6 March.

Members approved the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) which details the district's housing delivery position from 1, April 2015 to 31, March 2016, presenting the development which took place or was permitted, as well as a comprehensive review of the current housing land supply.

Cllr Colin Clarke, lead member for planning, said: "It is important that we have these checks and balances in place to ensure we are meeting our expected land supply position as set out by the National Planning Policy Framework, whilst also scrutinising planning applications and appeals through the usual channels.

"We welcome this report as it provides the detail necessary to ensure the effectiveness of our planning policies and our decision making on developments."

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that local planning authorities must annually identify sufficient sites to provide five years' worth of housing against their housing requirements with a buffer of five per cent.

The AMR report concluded that the district has a 5.6 year land supply of deliverable sites for the current period 2017 to 2022, commencing on 1 April 2017. This current position will be reported to Cherwell's planning committee as further planning applications for housing are considered.

A total of 1,425 housing completions were recorded for 2015/16, the highest recorded completion figure since 1996 and the highest in Oxfordshire, with 322 affordable housing completions and 40 self-build affordable homes.

Furthermore, 38 per cent of the 1,425 housing completions during the period were on previously developed land.

The district has also seen an increase in space dedicated to employment with over 67,000sqm completed during 2015/16.

The report also highlighted that 12 planning applications were granted for renewable energy schemes and the area of the district covered by Local Wildlife sites has increased by 18 hectares.

In addition, the AMR also details the progress on the adoption of the Local Plan, Local Plan Part 2 and Partial Review of the Local Plan Part 1 as well as preparatory work on a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as set out in the Local Development Scheme.

It also covers the updated position on Neighbourhood Planning in Cherwell including the 'making' of the Hook Norton Neighbourhood Plan and Bloxham Neighbourhood Plan.

To view the report in full visit or contact the council's planning policy team at or alternatively, call 01295 227985.

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