Friends of Lye Valley pledge to protect Warren Meadow from development

The Friends of Lye Valley campaign group have pledged to protect Warren Meadow which lies next to the Lye Valley nature reserve in Oxford after development plans were given the go-ahead.

Friends of Lye Valley secretary Heather Armitage said residents were “bitterly disappointed” after city councillors approved plans to build 10 homes on the meadow east of Warren Crescent.

She added councillors have pledged to “call in” the application, allowing planning officials to review the proposals and give the group more time to voice their concerns.

Ms Armitage said it was vital to protect this fragile habitat, known by residents as Warren Meadow, since it is a rainwater catchment area for springs which go down to the 8,000-year-old Lye Valley Fen.

She added: “Developing could be detrimental for this very rare habitat that is so precious but we don’t know because it would be an experiment.”

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OxLEP finally publishes plans for public engagement in SEP ‘refresh’

SEP-02Today the OxLEP – the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership published its plans for public engagement in the SEP ‘refresh’ – the same day the Need not Greed Oxon Coalition issued a Press Release calling for OxLEP to come clean on its plans.

OxLEP prepared a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for the county that was adopted and submitted to Government in March 2014. OxLEP is now refreshing the Plan over the coming months.

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‘Time for OxLEP and Councils to come clean on public consultation plans’ says Need not Greed campaign

generic-news-2The Need not Greed Oxon campaign launched a Press Release today: ‘Oxfordshire’s forced economic growth strategy: Time for OxLEP and Councils to come clean on public consultation process’.

The Need not Greed Oxon Coalition is demanding that proposals for how local people will be involved in decisions on the future growth strategy for the county are published.

OxLEP, the unelected Local Enterprise Partnership, has promised a public consultation on the ‘refresh’ of its Strategic Economic Plan. However, so far it has failed to make clear what exactly this will involve and whether there will be any opportunity to comment on the overall growth targets.Read more …

Developer lodges appeal against refusal of planning permission for a major development off Shilton Road in the rural town of Burford


High Street, Burford.

A year ago the town of Burford in West Oxfordshire was faced with a planning application for a major development off Shilton Road which would bring over 400 extra residents and 200 plus vehicles to this small rural town and its already over-crowded roads.

Thanks to the written objections of 450 local people and the unanimous opposition of the Uplands Planning Committee, this unsustainable development was turned down – the need for a development on this scale could not be demonstrated and the infrastructure to support it was lacking.

Disappointingly, the developer Hallam Land Management, has lodged an appeal, which will be heard at a Public Inquiry.Read more …