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Hot on the heels of the application to erect a wind turbine at Henton we are now faced with an even bigger single turbine proposed at Ford, just over the Oxfordshire border in Buckinghamshire. And we don't want that one either!

Henton, near Chinnor in South Oxfordshire could be the site of a 90 foot high wind turbine if developers have their way. They have submitted a planning application to erect the structure at Rowan Farm, Henton.

Volunteers litterpick on Grenoble Road, Oxford, then enjoy a guided walk along Oxfordshire’s Roman Way

2 October 2012

Oxford City Council needs to respect the wishes of local residents and protect both allotments and the green space at East Minchery Farm.

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.

 

13 September 

Over the next two weeks, the Council’s plans for allocating housing at a number of sites across the city will be scrutinised by a Planning Inspector.

11 September

The potential loss of some of Oxford's green spaces to developments prompted CPRE member Sarah Milliken to organise an exhibition of artworks.

Monday, 03 September 2012 11:09

Banbury airport 'pie in the sky'

Written by CPRE Oxfordshire

Good grief! Massive airport somewhere near Banbury suggested

1 July 2012

Following the Department of Health's decision to sell Warneford Meadow, its agents Savills have invited local and community groups to submit expressions of interest in purchasing the property. The Friends of Warneford Meadows (FoWM) have registered such an interest.

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