South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan 2033 gets rejected and John Cotton resigns as leader of SODC council.

Last week South Oxfordshire District council rejected the emerging Local Plan 2011 to 2033 and told the cabinet to come back with revised options. The issue centered around the inclusion of the Chalgrove Airfield housing development that would see 3,000 new homes built on the existing airfield which is home to the Martin Baker ejector seat manufacturer.

The land is owned by the government agency Homes England but Martin Baker’s lease runs through to the 2060s. This could lead to Homes England issuing a compulsory purchase order if no agreement has been reached.  At a meeting, probably next month (April), the cabinet will be asked to decide what it wants to do to the Local Plan and review its options. Possible alternative sites could include Grenoble Road, south of Oxford, or a new town, Harrington which would be sited near junction 7 of the M40.

Furtherreading about this decision can be found here.

The leader of SODC, John Cotton has tendered his resignation and will leave in a day or so but will continue to stand as a local councillor for Berinsfield, Dorchester and Drayton St Leonard. According to the Wallingford Herald, it is likely that Mrs Jane Murphy could stand for leader (formally the deputy leader) and standing Cabinet member for finance.  She is also our local ward councillor. Will Hall, who backed the local plan might be the other contender. The vote will be made on April the 12th and the new leader will stand on April 19th.