Core Strategy is given the green light ... again

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THE Core Strategy for Thame has been given the green light once again by the district council, erasing fears of missing the March 2012 deadline.

In a meeting this week, councillors agreed to the proposals that would see 814 new houses being built in Thame.

From Friday, the plan will be available for the public to view for six weeks before it is re-submitted to the inspector in time for him to recommence proceedings in November.

An original proposal for 530 houses was rejected last month, prompting planners into action in order to find room for an additional 284 properties.

Seventy of these will be on the existing Site F, while the other 214 are expected to be located adjacent to where the Lord Williams’s Lower School currently stands.

The decision to pass the plans has come as a relief to cabinet member Angie Paterson, who said: “Council’s decision last night to approve the changes to housing numbers means we can now move the strategy forward again – although having to revise our numbers was a disappointment for us and for local communities, it is in all our interests to work to submit a strategy that the inspector will find to be sound.”

The strategy can be seen on the council’s website but the six-week viewing is not a consultation process.

Instead any comments made will be sent to the inspector for consideration during his decision.

To view the plans in full, visit www.southoxon.gov.uk/corestrategy