Monday
Oct022017

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]

Tuesday
Sep052017

Changes to DIY charging at Household Waste Recycling Centres

Oxfordshire County Council’s DIY 1.2.3 for free scheme at Household Waste Recycling Centres will be changing on Sunday 1st October, find out more at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/chargeablewaste

Saturday
Aug052017

PARTIAL REVIEW OF THE CHERWELL LOCAL PLAN 2011-2031 (Part 1): OXFORD’S UNMET HOUSING NEED

PLEASE NOTE THAT CHERWELL DISTRICT COUNCIL HAS EXTENDED THE PERIOD FOR RECEIVING REPRESENTATIONS ON THE PARTIAL REVIEW OF THE CHERWELL LOCAL PLAN 2011-2031 (PART 1). 

COMMENTS SHOULD NOW BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. ON TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER.

Comments can be submitted:

Via email to: [email protected]

Via letter to: Planning Policy Consultation, Planning Policy Team, Strategic Planning and the Economy, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA.

Letters may also be handed in at Yarnton Parish Council letterbox by midnight Thursday 5th October for onward delivery to Cherwell District Council by hand.

 

Tuesday
Aug012017

Cherwell District Council Community Governance Review 2017 – Possible change in the number of Parish Councillors in some parishes

Cherwell District Council is carrying out a Community Governance Review. This is the process that allows the Council to make changes to parishes, such as parish boundaries and numbers of Parish Councillors.

Five Parish Councils (Fritwell, Stratton Audley, Tadmarton, Weston-on-the-Green and Yarnton) contacted Cherwell District Council, to ask for a review of their number of parish councillors. A working group of District Councillors considered the requests, and made recommendations to full Council on 17 July 2017. Councillors agreed all of the recommendations and this is your opportunity to comment.

Yarnton

Yarnton Parish Council contacted Cherwell District Council and requested that consideration be given to increasing the number of councillors for the parish from nine to 10. The justification for the request is the considerable increase in dwellings in Yarnton over the last 30 years, with no subsequent increase to the size of the Parish Council. 

The last parish election for Yarnton was held in 2015, and there were seven candidates for the nine seats.

The electorate for Yarnton on 1 December 2016 was 2491. Guidance from NALC recommends a Parish Council of 10 where the electorate is between 2,001 and 2,700. On this basis, the recommendation is that the number of Parish Councillors be increased by one, so that there would be 10 Parish Councillors from the next scheduled election in Yarnton in 2019.

What happens next?

People now have the opportunity to tell the Council what they think of these recommendations. You can send an email to [email protected], or visit our webpage www.cherwell.gov.uk/communitygovernance and click on the survey monkey link to reply electronically.

All written or emailed responses should reach us by Friday 8 September 2017 to be taken into consideration. The online survey will close at 11:59pm on the same date. Responses received will be considered by the working group of District Councillors, who will make a final set of recommendations that will be considered at the meeting of Full Council on Monday 16 October 2017.

 

 

Tuesday
Dec202016

Dementia Café - Kidlington

The Alzheimer's Society provides support to people living with dementia and their families. Dementia support workers offer information and practical guidance. They offer support face-to-face, over the phone, by email or in writing. The Society runs activities throughout Oxfordshire including Singing for the Brain, carers support groups, and the Dementia Cafes. The nearest Café to Yarnton is at Kidlington Baptist Church and meets on the last Monday of each month between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For further details call Alzheimer's Society Oxfordshire on 01235 531 989 or email – [email protected]. Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122.