North Abingdon – outline planning application approved for large urban extension


The outline planning application for a large urban extension to the North of Abingdon was approved last week (26 July).

A development of 950 homes, plus a care home for 80 residents was approved on land that was originally in the Green Belt (it was recommended for removal in the Vale’s Local Plan Part One).

Representatives of the North Abingdon Local Planning Group (NALPG) – a member of the NNGO coalition, were present at the planning meeting where they raised concerns about the increase in traffic, air pollution and the fact that the number of homes permitted on the site in the Vale Local Plan was originally for 800.

The proposal was approved unanimously.

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OxIS public engagement programme – have your say!


Have your say on the impact of growth and related infrastructure priorities in Oxfordshire – consultation closes on 10 September.

The Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS) is an independent report commissioned by Oxfordshire’s six councils who make up the Oxfordshire Growth Board.

The aim of the strategy is to set out the investment in transport, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure needed to support the predicted growth in population, jobs and homes up to 2040.

A technical Stage 1 report was published in April 2017 and work has been progressing on Stage 2 of the work.

The public are invited to participate in an online engagement exercise which closes on 10 September 2017 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!).

A stakeholder drop-in event will be held on Wednesday 6 September, 2.30 – 7.00pm, Thatcher Business Education Centre, Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP. This event will provide an opportunity to find out more and speak with the project representatives.

Find out more and REGISTER for the event by Thursday 31 August.

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Gavray Meadows saved – for now!


Cherwell District Council Planning Committee last week turned down the current planning application for Gavray Meadows in Bicester (15/00837/OUT).

Their decision rested on the fact that the developer, Gallagher refused to put in place funding and a management plan for the Local Wild Life site as required by the Cherwell District Council regulations under the National Planning Policy Framework.

Obviously it will come forward again in some guise in due course – either as a new planning application with a proper environmental management plan for the whole site or, as seems likely, an appeal by the developer.

However, the Save Gavray Meadows team have fought an effective campaign and we are confident that the campaign group’s arguments will stand up to consideration by an Inspector.

Congratulations to all the campaign team!

Find out more: Save Gavray Meadows Facebook

See also: NNGO News

Gavray Meadows in Bicester threatened by development

gavreyA planning application goes to Cherwell District Council this Thursday (18 May) for 180 houses on an arable field that lies within the River Ray Conservation Target Area (CTA) – next to a Local Wildlife Site (LWS), important for wildlife and one of the few remaining wildlife habitats in Bicester (not to mention green lungs in this fast growing ‘eco-town’ town).

The application (15/00837/OUT) on land to the north east side of Gavray Drive, Bicester (on the west of Langford Brook), is part of Cherwell’s Local Plan.

Land both west and east of the Langford Brook is part of the Local Plan ‘Bicester 13’ allocation for 300 houses.

The Save Gavray Meadows campaign group is opposing the development, since what happens on the west side of the Brook will impact on the Conservation Target Area and also the Local Wildlife Site.

The Local Wildlife Site contains lowland meadow important for a rich variety of species including: Song Thrush, Barn Swallow, Common Kestrel, Common Swift, Common Bullfinch, Common Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, European Water Vole, Greater Water-Parsnip, Eurasian Badger and Bullhead.

The application is recommended for approval, despite the Council receiving 60 objections from third parties.

Find out more about Save Gavray Meadows

See the Agenda for the CDC Planning Committee, 18 May