New infrastructure delivery scheme to support Kidlington’s housing growth

Cherwell District Council’s executive has approved the the Kidlington Infrastructure and Community Asset Strategy.

Councillor Donna Ford, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “The Kidlington area is set to experience considerable growth in the coming years, as we deliver on our commitment to help address Oxford’s housing need.

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“We have ambitious policies for Kidlington, including in areas such as affordable housing, reducing carbon emissions; and protecting and enhancing green spaces. We are also very clear that new homes must be supported by early delivery of infrastructure such as highways and active travel.

“This important new programme puts us on the front foot when it comes to coordinating delivery of these policies and engaging with the community to help support our healthy place shaping ambitions too.”

The scheme will complete the district’s trio of region-based programmes, following the example of the Banbury Vision 2050 and the Reimaging Bicester initiative.

Funding for the project will initially be provided by the council’s own budget, but in following years, regular developer contributions will be increasingly depended upon.

A role will be created by the programme to handle a strategic oversight board involving the town, district, and county councils.

The role will also involve collaborating with the community, developers, and various stakeholders.

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