Cherwell beats new homes targets

North Oxfordshire continues to cement its position as a place of growth and housing choice, statistics show.

Published: Thursday, 6th December 2018

A report approved by Cherwell District Council’s executive on Monday (3 December) shows 1,387 new homes completed during 2017/18. The figure comfortably beats the adopted Local Plan target (1,142) and is just below the record set in 2015/16 (1,425).

There were 426 affordable homes delivered compared to 278 the previous year, over double the council’s target of 190. The report also reveals a strong mix of housing options, with 36 per cent of the dwellings completed being one and two-bedroom properties.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “Cherwell is a great place to live, and it’s our job to make the most of this by delivering the homes and infrastructure our communities need to thrive.

“While these housing delivery figures are impressive, this report also shows that we are meeting our commitment to delivering variety and quality. That means affordable homes, homes of a range of sizes, and homes where they are most needed - on the strategic sites allocated in our Local Plan.”

Throughout the financial year, delivery was focussed on key Local Plan sites, with 348 homes completed on large sites in Banbury; 196 at Kingsmere, Bicester; and 103 at Heyford Park, Upper Heyford.

The Annual Monitoring Report approved this week also shows that Cherwell maintains a five-year housing land supply of deliverable housing sites as required by Government policy.

As a result of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal the Oxfordshire authorities also now benefit from a temporary three-year requirement which provides flexibility while the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 is produced.

A healthy supply of sites assists the council in resisting inappropriate, speculative housing developments and focusing on delivery as laid out in the Local Plan.