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 …

Gladman Developments are proposing a new residential development of approximately 60 homes on land north of Didcot Road, Harwell – have your say!


View of Harwell and Didcot from the Ridgeway

The village of Harwell is once again the site of a development proposal on greenfield – this time by Gladman Developments who want to build up to 60 homes on land north of Didcot Road, on the east of Harwell.

As part of Gladman’s ‘commitment to engage with local communities’, leaflets outlining the development proposals and seeking comments have been distributed during late January 2016 to approximately 365 households and businesses in Harwell, as part of Gladman’s pre-application, public consultation process.
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Save Gavray Meadows – sign the petition to Cherwell District Council to save this precious green space from development.

generic-news-2Gavray Meadows in Bicester is under threat from development. Part of Gavray Meadows was designated a local wildlife site, or Conservation Target Area (CTA), in 2002 – it is home to many rare species and is virtually the only wild green space remaining inside Bicester’s ring road. But 300 homes are proposed for Gavray Meadows and the surrounding area, known by planners as ‘Bicester 13’.
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Local residents gather to protect Vale Green Belt from inappropriate development

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Jo Schofield

Residents from all over Oxfordshire attended the Protect Vale Green Belt Walk on Sunday morning (24 January) to express their concern about plans to develop large parts of the Green Belt around north Abingdon.

The walk was organised by members of the Need not Greed Oxon coalition to highlight the challenges faced by the Green Belt in North Abingdon, including SPADE – Sunningwell Parishioners Against Damage to the Environment, NALPG – North Abingdon Local Planning Group, and CPRE Oxfordshire.Read more …