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Yarnton Parish Council response to Planning Policy Consultation

Planning Policy Consultation, Planning Policy Team, Strategic Planning and the Economy, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 4AA.

2nd October 2017 

Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 (Part 1)

Partial Review – Oxford’s Unmet Housing Need

Yarnton Parish Council objects to the Partial Review for the reasons listed below.

Proposed Submission Plan

Policy PR3: The Oxford Green Belt

Policies PR8 and PR9 propose removal of specified areas of land from the Oxford Green Belt.  This proposal is not consistent with National Policy and is thus UNSOUND.

The ‘exceptional circumstances’ justifying this removal of the Green Belt listed at para 5.17 (page 66) are largely implausible and represent a rather pathetic planning exercise to shoehorn in a sufficient number of homes close to Oxford City without regard to the identity of the existing villages of Yarnton and Begbroke, and without effective infrastructure.  The Plan Policies PR8 and PR9 are not justified and thus the Plan is UNSOUND.

Policy PR8Land East of A44 (Begbroke)

The site lies wholly within the Oxford Green Belt.  Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy ESD 14 (page 114) seeks to prevent the coalescence of settlements and has a strong role in preventing the coalescence of Yarnton, Begbroke and Kidlington.

Policy PR8 has been titled ‘Begbroke’ despite the bulk of the proposed housing lying in Yarnton Parish and being adjacent to the existing Yarnton settlement. Just where the ‘separation’ of Yarnton and Begbroke would be is not obvious. This despite Partial Review Page 118, Para 5.110, point 5 stating ‘the necessity to retain the separate identities of Begbroke, Yarnton and Kidlington’

Policy PR8 is not consistent with National Policy and thus is UNSOUND

Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy Villages 1 (page 246) categorises Yarnton and Begbroke as Category A villages. The policy only allows minor development, infilling or conversion in, or alongside these villages.

Policy PR8 is in complete contradiction of Policy Villages 1, and the Plan is inconsistent and thus, UNSOUND.

Policy PR9 – Land West of A44 (Yarnton)

Site lies wholly within the Oxford Green Belt.  Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy ESD 14 seeks to safeguard the countryside from encroachment.  Policy ESD 13 seeks to secure the enhancement of the character, and appearance of the landscape, particularly in urban fringe locations.

Policy PR9 is not consistent with National Policy and thus is UNSOUND

Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy Villages 1 categorises Yarnton as a Category A village. Thus only minor development, infilling or conversion is allowable in or alongside this settlement. Policy PR9 is in complete contradiction of Policy Villages 1, and the Plan is inconsistent and thus is UNSOUND

Policy PR8 (land east of A44) is entitled ‘Begbroke’ in this submission plan.  Thus Policy PR9 – land west of Yarnton is only the width of the A44 from PR8. Hardly the separation of settlements required by Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy ESD14 which seeks the separate identities of Yarnton and Begbroke.

Policy PR9 is not consistent with National Policy and thus is UNSOUND

APPENDIX 4

Infrastructure Schedule

Project 6 (Page 165)

Bus lane improvement along the A44 Begbroke to Loop Farm.

This ‘proposal’ is physically and financially impossible owing to the restrictive widths of railway and canal bridge crossings plus the underpasses at Peartree Interchange. Further restricted by Project 11a (Page 167) being ‘cycle and pedestrian improvements along A44 between Bladon Roundabout and Peartree Roundabout’, the so called ‘Rapid Transit’ route along the A44 (only capable of funding if Government grants are forthcoming) is little more than a pipe dream and cannot be used to justify large scale housing development adjacent to the A44 at Yarnton and Begbroke.  The infrastructure proposals are not justified, nor effective and the Plan is UNSOUND.

Policy PR8 Land East of the A44

Development Brief

18f – The closure of Sandy Lane to motor vehicles. (Page 123)

This road has long been recognised by Oxfordshire County Council as a key alternative route should there be problems on A44 or A4260. It’s importance is recognised even to the extent of providing winter maintenance (salting) during cold weather. The closure of an existing highway, a vital link between Yarnton and Kidlington, without providing a suitable alternative route is just not justified. The proposal is UNSOUND

As the Parish Council representing a village that will be affected greatly by the proposed developments, we would like the opportunity to participate in the oral part of the examination.

Yours sincerely,

Lynne Whitley, Clerk to the Council, Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1TE

tel. 01865 378476, E-mail: [email protected]

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