Blenheim Palace Estate is aiming to build at least 600 houses in Woodstock over a period of seven years. The 2011 census counted approx. 1,500 homes in Woodstock, and so an increase of approx. 40%. There has been a steady amount of building in Woodstock over the last 10 years, but minimal accompanying infrastructure. Expansion of the primary school being most notable, which is again near capacity.
Plans for infrastructure in 2019 are not yet clear.
In 2015 Blenheim Palace Estate presented plans to build 1,500 (reduced to 1,200) houses on the land South East of Woodstock (that includes site 1 and 2). Potentially, it may have included a primary school, shops, transport interchange, care home and football training facility. This was turned down by Cherwell District Council and previously criticised by the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
During 2017 and 2018 a planning application for 300 homes was approved at site 2. Blenheim Palace Estate also acquired Pye Homes and submitted a successful local plan application to West Oxfordshire District Council for 120 homes at sites 3 (Land North East of Hill Rise) and 180 at site 4 (Land North of Banbury Road).
In 2019 an application by Blenheim Estates for 410 houses at site 1 was turned down by Cherwell District Council. This may have included provision for a new primary school with 2.2 forms entry, sports facilities, play areas and/or allotments.
Section 106 Funding
Section 106 funding, under the Town and Country Planning Act, is contributions from developers toward the costs of providing community and social infrastructure (including social housing).
Due to site 1 being turned down, available Section 106 is reduced to that from sites 3 and 4.
Site 2 Section 106 funds have already been legally allocated.
Sites 3 and 4 DO NOT yet have planning permission.