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.
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
A 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
Need not Greed Oxfordshire has signed a joint response to the Housing White Paper from organisations and individuals committed to the provision of affordable housing in Oxfordshire.
NNGO is committed to working to overcome the challenges to the lack of affordable housing in Oxfordshire and we welcome the opportunity to comment with other like-minded organisations and individuals on the Government’s Housing White Paper and to share our views on how the proposals will impact on the provision of affordable housing in the county.
See the Joint Response: Affordable Hsg and HWP 2017 – Joint Response FINALdocx