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Port meadow: a breakthrough may be close

Monday, 11 February 2013 09:27

the new buildings loom over Port Meadow the new buildings loom over Port Meadow Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

A breakthrough may be close in the fight by the Campaign to Protect Port Meadow from Oxford University's new development of student accommodation, currently being built on the edge of the ancient common land.

On Friday Oxford City's West Area Planning Committee resolved to instruct their Head of City development to negotiate with the University of Oxford  to find a solution that ameliorates the size and impact of the ugly and inappropriately tall development.

Thousands of people have now joined the protest about the impact of the development on Port Meadow, and now very large numbers of people within the University are urging the Vice-Chancellor to lower the height of the buildings.

Sushila Dhall of Campaign to Protect Port Meadow says: "We feel a breakthrough may be close, and urge the University to bring a swift and clean end to this controversy by voluntarily lowering the heights of these blocks."

CPRE Oxfordshire urges everyone to keep the pressure on those who can resolve this matter.

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