Sean Woodcock, Labour Councillor for Banbury Ruscote and Labour Group Leader has criticised Cherwell District Council’s delay in producing a Local Plan, which will influence residential and commercial development in Banbury for the next 13 years. The Plan has taken 5 years to produce and in the meantime critics say that it as given free rein to speculative residential building developments, particluarly in rural locations.
Sean Woodcock says, “We endorse the plan but criticise the time it has taken to get it approved. The delay was partly responsible for major housing applications at Hook Norton and Bloxham gaining approval from central government recently, despite not featuring in the plan. It’s somewhat like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.”
The ability of local councils to make planning decisions has been thrown into turmoil by Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, who recently overturned planning decisions by Cherwell District Council thereby allowing applications for new build in Bloxham, Hook Norton and Banbury.
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