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Have your say on future plans for development at Chalgrove Airfield

Monday, 09 January 2017 12:46

High Street, Chalgrove High Street, Chalgrove Oxfordshire Villages

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is consulting the local community on plans to build 3,500 homes at Chalgrove Airfield. 

Chalgrove Airfield has been put forward as a preferred Strategic Allocation for 3,500 homes, along with 10 ha of employment land, in response to South Oxfordshire's call for sites as part of the Local Plan process.

Chalgrove Airfield has now been transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The HCA has invited the local community to input into future plans for the Airfield through a community design event, known as an Enquiry-by-Design (EbD).

The Enquiry by Design public events are being held at Chalgrove Village Hall on the following dates:

• Thursday 19 January 2017: 7pm to 9pm

• Saturday 21 January 2017: 10.30am to 4pm

• Sunday 22 January 2017: 2.30pm to 5pm

• Monday 23 January 2017: 6.30pm

If you want to find out more about these events, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the HCA.

Find out more:

'A new future for Chalgrove Airfield' consultation leaflet.

Chalgrove Airfield website.

 

Hopefully these events will shed more light on the transport and traffic proposals in particular, which remain a huge unanswered issue. 

CPRE Oxfordshire recognises that as a large semi-brownfield site, it is appropriate to consider whether Chalgrove Airfield could be made suitable for development. However, the location of the site remains highly questionable in terms of its rural location, the potential knock-on impacts on the Oxford Green Belt and Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the current lack of information on supporting infrastructure. The development would have major impacts and it is not yet clear how these would be mitigated, or whether the inevitable residual harm to the landscape and local communities could possibly be justified.

CPRE Oxfordshire remains of the view that the overall housing figures are flawed and exaggerated. The numbers should be reduced by ceasing to allow Oxford to be a growth hub, for which it is unsuitable, and for which there is no rationale, and new jobs growth should instead be steered elsewhere in the County or, preferably, outside it to where jobs are needed. In addition, encouraging higher density development would significantly reduce the amount of land required and encourage less costly housing. Taken together, such moves would completely remove the need for a new settlement.

CPRE Oxfordshire, 16 January

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