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Cherwell Councillors urged to protect the Green Belt

Monday, 05 February 2018 20:16

Cherwell Councillors urged to protect the Green Belt

CPRE has urged Cherwell District Councillors to protect the Green Belt and reject proposals in its Local Plan Part 1 Review to put housing for Oxford in villages such as Kidlington, Begbroke and Yarnton.

We understand that this Plan will be brought to Council on 26 February for approval for submission to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Plan outlines the Council’s proposal to build an additional 4,400 houses for the district by 2031, over and above that already allocated in its adopted Local Plan, These houses are to cater for Oxford's so-called 'unmet need' and 3,990 of them are proposed in the Green Belt between north Oxford and Kidlington, in what is known as the ‘Kidlington Gap’, and between Kidlington and the rural villages of Begbroke and Yarnton.

CPRE's view is that:

Pressing ahead would set a worrying precedent for the acceptance of Oxford expansion and will impact on future growth targets across the whole of the District. It would be inconsistent with national policy, especially on protection of the Green Belt, and would not reflect the wishes of local residents.

We have urged Councillors to reject the Plan as it stands and to instruct officers to wait for the outcome of Oxford City’s Local Plan process before sacrificing Cherwell villages and Green Belt to meet an unproven need.

See CPRE's Briefing Note and Letter to Councillors below.



If you live in Cherwell District, please contact your Councillor before 26 February and ask them to protect the Green Belt.

Not sure who your Councillor is?  Find out on the Council website here


You can see CPRE Oxfordshire's full response to the consultation on the Cherwell Local Plan Part 1 Review on our website here.



CPRE Oxfordshire

February 2018





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