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Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson - CPRE Oxfordshire
Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson, PR manager, CPRE Oxfordshire

STOP PRESS: The Secretary of State has directed South Oxfordshire District Council to progress its Local Plan through examination, to be adopted by December 2020. 

In a letter CPRE asks Cherwell Councillors to agree with the Secretary of State on a previous Green Belt decision and reject the amended Local Plan.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 11:09

Star Count 2020

This February CPRE invites everyone to join in with Star Count 2020, a fun and easy way to enjoy the wonders of the universe.

Consultation open from 14 Feb 2020 at 10:00 to 27 Mar 2020 at 23:59.

CPRE Oxfordshire has been supporting communities across the county to produce a film celebrating their local area and explaining why it needs protecting from development.

Monday, 10 February 2020 16:20

A Better Vision for Oxfordshire

CPRE Oxfordshire has proposed an alternative vision for the future of Oxfordshire, making the County’s rural character the fundamental starting point from which decisions about the future development of the County should be made. Anyone living in Oxfordshire in 2050 should experience the rural character of Oxfordshire which exists today.

Oxfordshire’s countryside, towns and villages are at the heart of its character and its environmental, economic and social well-being. Local people, not the National Infrastructure Commission or the Oxfordshire Growth Board, should be in the driving seat. 

Our guiding principles, and means of realising our Vision, are that:

  • The amount of development, and its timescale, should be based on natural growth and migration;
  • Brownfield land should be developed first. Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) should be developed as a last resort under proven exceptional circumstances;
  • Genuinely affordable housing should be made available, in perpetuity, to address local need;
  • High densities of development should become standard, to avoid losing more land than necessary;
  • Any new communities must be sustainable and existing rural communities need investment to support services and infrastructure;
  • Job creation should reflect Oxfordshire’s existing skill base while addressing areas of need to reduce unsustainable commuting.

Future development needs to balance the County’s economic growth with protecting the County’s rural character and environment. Current Growth Board plans for Oxfordshire to become an economic growth hub, growing at five times the national rate. CPRE considers that growth on anything like this scale would be incompatible with preserving the rural nature of Oxfordshire.

Planning for Oxfordshire must prioritise the needs of communities and therefore residents should be given opportunities to decide the future of Oxfordshire. Younger members of the community, who will live with the consequences of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, should be proactively involved.

Monday, 10 February 2020 16:04

Intervention not justified or democratic

CPRE Oxfordshire asks Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State: How do you equate your intervention in the South Oxfordshire Local Plan process with local democracy?

Oxfordshire County Council have published the Draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 Site Allocations Plan (the Sites Plan) for consultation and we are seeking your views. Consultation closes Wednesday 4th March 2020, 4pm.

The design of new housing developments in England is overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’, with less-affluent communities the worst affected, according to a national audit conducted by UCL for CPRE, the countryside charity, and the Place Alliance.

CPRE Oxfordshire believes that putting the County in charge would be a gross act of democratic injustice.

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