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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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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:19

Port Meadow: what have they done?

Historic views are being destroyed by new student accommodation on the edge of ancient Port Meadow. Join the fight against this eyesore!

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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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Oxford: Our worst fears for Barton Nature Park are confirmed.The Planning Inspector's report on the Barton Area Action Plan has been published, the Park will be lost to housing development.

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Saturday, 30 June 2012 10:49

Oxpens meadow

Oxpens meadow is one of the last remaining vestiges of open green space in Oxford's West End area. It is a well-maintained field next to the ice rink used by walkers, residents and sportspeople. It is owned by the City Council and measures about 2 hectares (5 acres). It’s bounded to the south by the river Thames; to the east by the Castle Mill Stream and to the west by land owned by British Rail Board (Residuary) Ltd.

For decades the Meadow has been threatened. If the City's current plans for the redevelopment of the West End are realised, only about half of the Meadow would remain for public enjoyment. The site has been earmarked by the City Council as part of its West End rejuvenation scheme to include a conference centre, a police station, a relief road and riverside apartments.

These threats prompted SENDRA (St Ebbes New Development Residents’ Association) to apply to Oxfordshire County Council to register the Meadow as a Town Green under the Commons Act 2006. Town Green status would ensure the retention of Oxpens Meadow in perpetuity as a public open space. The Friends of Oxpens Meadow (FOM) was born. CPRE Oxfordshire strongly support FOM’s efforts.

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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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Monday, 08 October 2012 13:23

Volunteers get their hands dirty

Volunteers litterpick on Grenoble Road, Oxford, then enjoy a guided walk along Oxfordshire’s Roman Way

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2 October 2012

Oxford City Council needs to respect the wishes of local residents and protect both allotments and the green space at East Minchery Farm.

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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.

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