One step closer to Oxford urban extension
The Carter Jonas Oxford planning team has made significant progress with its proposals to release greenbelt land close to the town of Abingdon-on-Thames after a report found exceptional circumstances exist for its release.
The team is acting on behalf of Commercial Estates Group (CEG) to promote a greenfield site of 54 hectares as an urban extension to the town of Abingdon-on-Thames. This site is being promoted as a high quality, sustainable urban extension through the emerging Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2031, Part 1.
The Local Plan is currently the subject of independent examination. On 7 June the Inspector’s interim findings were released which concluded that he was likely to be able to find that the Local Plan Part 1 was sound. This is a positive result and a significant step in the progress of the Local Plan.
In respect of the north Abingdon site, the results established that exceptional circumstances exist for the release of this site from the greenbelt – one of four allocations proposed for release.
The Inspector’s final report has yet to be published. There are elements of the plan that will be subject to main modifications and further consultation. Once the main modifications have been published and consulted upon that the Inspector will publish his final report. It is anticipated that this will be available in late 2016.