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February 2018 WODC Headlines from District Councillor, James Virgin

18th February 2018

Council tax to rise by just £2.75 a year.

West Oxfordshire District Council’s share of council tax is set to increase by just £2.75 a year for the average householder.The District Council’s Cabinet have recommended a three per cent increase from April which will see an average Band D household paying £94.38, instead of £91.63 in the current financial year.

Full backing for Oxfordshire Housing and Growth deal.


West Oxfordshire District Council is backing a deal set to unlock funding to provide thousands of homes and deliver major infrastructure upgrades in key areas such as the A40.

The Housing and Growth Deal, announced by Government in its Autumn Budget Statement, will provide £215m of funding over a five year period.


This funding will support the delivery of around 100,000 new homes and infrastructure developments, as outlined in each Council’s emerging Local Plan.


Full agreement of the Deal with Government is subject to agreement by each of the Oxfordshire local authorities. 


The Oxfordshire Growth Board comprises the county’s six councils – Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council, together with representatives of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), which includes the two Universities.


The Local Plan has been seen and agreed in principle by the Government’s Planning Inspector and the Council expect it to be signed off by May.

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