South Oxfordshire District Council has published its latest figures showing that it can now demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.
This is important because if a local planning authority cannot show that it has a five-year housing land supply, its policies with regards to residential development are regarded as out-of-date. Where this happens, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’.
This is significant news for small villages such as Long Wittenham and should make a huge difference in our ability to fight off unwanted development. Had there been a five year housing supply in place last November, it would have been more likely that we would have defeated the Kler appeal.
You can read the full announcement by SODC here: