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Oxford's Sites & Housing - defending the city's green spaces

Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:42

Tranquil stream Tranquil stream Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

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.

 

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