Does Carterton need
to expand? Are the conditions right? These are the
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Few would argue
against the need to improve the
Carterton Town Centre and this
should be the prime focus for
development making it more
attractive for shoppers.
There is not
enough employment within Carterton
to justify any expansion beyond that
in the existing WODC Local Plan.
employment land should be allocated
until such time as the currently
allocated employment/retail land
is 80% occupied with operational
businesses providing significant
high quality employment.
development outside Carterton Town
Boundaries should be permitted
until the West Oxfordshire/Oxfordshire transport infrastructure is
upgraded to meet the needs of
(to include an upgrade of the
A40/A34/A420, the A40/A34
interchange, and a new rail link
from West Oxfordshire to Oxford).
All the 1960 pre-fab
MoD housing should be replaced with
modern efficient housing, i.e.
improve and develop housing within
before any expansion in the surrounding areas is contemplated.
outside the Carterton town boundary
must be done with proper
consultation with the parishes that
are going to be impacted, under the
guidance of the proper planning
The master plan does not clearly
identify the Carterton Town
Council/neighbouring Parish Boundaries.
This is a fundamental piece of data that
must be shown on the master plan to show
what is proposed to go in which parish.
Here is a map showing the extend of
Carterton's own boundaries and those of
The master plan does not clearly show
the location and scale of all the currently
approved developments, which should be
individually highlighted to show the circa
1,600 houses that are currently unbuilt, but
have planning approval, in Carterton for
delivery between the now and 2030.
We hope to display such a map shortly!
Carterton will need to provide 18 new
jobs every month for the next 15 years to
match this level of housing. This begs the
question why does Carterton need any more
housing over the same time period?
The master plan presents no data on
employment/business history in Carterton
over the last 10-20 years, therefore it
presents no justification to support the
level of expansion illustrated on the plan.
Hard data is needed to justify the proposed
level of expansion, particularly given
recent trends with at least 4 businesses
closing in the town centre in the last few
months and the fact that the farmers market
in the new town market square has not
survived four weeks. Census data for
Carterton shows that over time businesses
come and go, but the overall number stays
The town provides very useful local
services and amenities used by residents and
neighbouring villagers, but it will never be
able to compete with Witney for retail
outlets. History seems to suggest that there
is little appetite for further growth in
Carterton. Over the last 10 years clothes
and shoe shops have come and gone with
recent casualties being Blockbuster, Roses
Electrical, Really Useful Shop and Giles
Building more housing will not promote
growth just a bigger dormitory town!