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Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:42

Oxford 'City Deal' RED ALERT

The ‘Oxford City Deal’ proposal has been submitted to Government by Oxford City Council, with no public consultation.  If approved, it threatens our local democracy and our countryside, including the Oxford Green Belt. Please act now.

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Monday, 31 December 2012 11:54

Tanks off our lawn

In letter to the Oxford Times, CPRE campaigner Michael Tyce says: "tanks off our lawn, city council"

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We were invited by The Oxford Times to answer the question: should thousands of homes be built south of Grenoble Road? No, of course they shouldn't.

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:14

Village green preservation: a change in the law

A Village Green or Town Green is, to most of us, a green, open or undeveloped space within a settlement.

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Friday, 13 July 2007 14:40

Oxford's Green Belt Way opens

13 July 2007

CPRE's Oxford Green Belt Way was opened in front of a crowd of people by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

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27 September 2012

CPRE Oxford is speaking up for a number of local green spaces at the Examination in Public of the City's Sites & Housing Development Plan Document.

At East Minchery Farm, CPRE supported the local residents’ desire to see part of the space returned to allotments, and the rest used for recreation. The Inspector agreed that 'further consideration should be given to the retention of the allotments'. She also said that 'community aspirations for the use of the required 25% open space on this land should be more positively expressed in the supporting text'. The City Council is arguing that any communal food-growing should be part of the 25% open space but CPRE believes that the allotments should be in addition to this area.

On the Horspath site, located within the Green Belt, the Inspector listened to our arguments and those of local residents. She agreed that the site should not include reference to a potential wind turbine or renewal energy project.

The Inspector found that: 'The suitability of this site for allocation for wind turbines or any other form of renewable energy facility is not supported by robust evidence. Furthermore the siting of such development is not clearly compatible with the primary intended use of the site for the relocation of sports facilities.' (The Council had suggested that a turbine could be turned off whenever a match took place!)

The Inspector agreed that any built development associated with the sports and club uses must be located on the non-Green Belt area of the land.

CPRE has also spoken against the allocation of the site at St Frideswide and a number of other community green spaces around the District.

Watch this space for further developments.

 

Published in News archive
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:03

Walk the Green Belt Way

The Oxford Green Belt Way is a 50-mile circular walk through Oxford’s glorious Green Belt. Walk it and explore historic villages and picturesque riversides, and discover new views of Oxford’s dreaming spires.

13 September 

Over the next two weeks, the Council’s plans for allocating housing at a number of sites across the city will be scrutinised by a Planning Inspector.

Published in News archive
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 00:00

Oxford's lost landscapes

11 September

The potential loss of some of Oxford's green spaces to developments prompted CPRE member Sarah Milliken to organise an exhibition of artworks.

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Sunday, 19 August 2012 14:05

We care about Oxford's green belt

 

Support our new campaign - Save the Oxford Green Belt & Protect the Historic City of Oxford!

Oxford's Green Belt is one of the most important matters for CPRE Oxfordshire today. By safeguarding land from development, the Green Belt has for more than 50 years preserved the unique setting and character of the historic city of Oxford and prevented the uncontrolled urban sprawl sadly witnessed in so many other places.

Despite the long-standing strategy for Oxfordshire's market towns to absorb growth within the county to relieve pressures in Oxford, the 21st century has seen the Green Belt under serious threats from developments, as the city pushes for urban expansion and developers cast their covetous eyes on the open countryside around our prosperous city.

We have campaigned for decades to protect and strengthen our Green Belt and make full use of the opportunities it provides for people to appreciate the countryside right on our doorstep. It is an important and irreplaceable environmental resource that helps to promote locally grown food, supports wildlife and provides a much-loved breathing space for city dwellers.

Download our fact sheet about the Oxford Green Belt and find out why we think it's worth protecting.

CPRE Oxfordshire has launched a new campaign to Save the Oxford Green Belt and protect the historic City of Oxford.

The Oxford Green Belt is under threat as never before - we need your help to protect it for future generations!

76% of people believe the Oxford Green Belt should remain open and undeveloped.   See the results of our 2015 survey of public attitudes to the Green Belt.

Support our new campaign - Save the Oxford Green Belt & Protect the Historic City of Oxford!

 

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