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Call for homes at park so villagers can remain
CALLS have been made to add homes to a planned business park expansion after figures revealed 259 villagers are waiting for housing.
Kidlington Parish Council vice-chairman David Robey said the waiting list showed how desperate was the need for new homes so local people could remain in the village.
The parish is calling on Cherwell District Council (CDC) to allow homes on the expansion of Langford Business Park, in Langford Lane.
No sites for affordable housing have been earmarked by CDC in its Local Plan, setting out where major new building should go by 2029.
Instead it says there will be a review of the protected Green Belt around the business park to take more firms.
But the parish council’s official response says the review should include “consideration of associated housing needs”.
Failure to do, said the response – submitted in March – “would increase pressure on housing in Kidlington still further”.
Figures obtained by the Oxford Mail show 259 are on the waiting list, which is managed by CDC for affordable housing providers.
The housing associations get cash from the Government to offer cut-price rent and sales to people on lower incomes.
Yet just 19 village properties have become available this year, including two-bedroom homes in Croxford Gardens and Green Road. The parish has said the plan’s pledge for 50 more homes in Kidlington to 2029 leaves them “far from convinced that this will be adequate”. It added that the possible 1,250 new jobs from expanding Langford Lane “will create wholly unmet local housing need”.
It also wants to demand that developments of three or more homes be 35 per cent affordable, instead of the proposed 10 per cent.
Vice-chairman David Robey said: “There will be a number of people who have grown up in the village and need housing, as well as their sons and daughters. Villagers have to move to places like Bicester. House prices in Kidlington are pretty much inflated by Oxford housing prices.”
According to property website rightmove.co.uk, the average price for a flat is £153,426, a semi-detached house £262,028 and detached £361,060.
Mr Robey added: “We are very concerned.
“One can see the reason why the district council did it; it is very anxious to keep the Green Belt intact around Kidlington, which means very little room for expansion.”
While the parish council supports preserving the Green Belt, the “limited” review should consider housing, he said.
“It could be the only way of there being any significant additional housing provision.”
The council hopes the controversial June approval of plans for a 52-bed care home in The Moors “will free up more general needs family accommodation” by pensioners downsizing when it opens in 2015.
Spokesman Jemma Callow said: “The council is working with its registered partners to ensure there is additional affordable housing being made available throughout the district.”
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