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While we are big supporters of recycling and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, that doesn't mean we automatically support waste management companies in expanding their premises.

Planning minister Nick Boles is wrong on housing, wrong on the countryside. His call to increase the urbanised area of England is provocative and unnecessary, and casts a shadow over at least 25% of our undisturbed countryside.

Oxford: Our worst fears for Barton Nature Park are confirmed.The Planning Inspector's report on the Barton Area Action Plan has been published, the Park will be lost to housing development.

We have written to Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) to register our objection at plans to build 17 new homes on land to west of the Idstone Road, Ashbury (application number P12/V2060/FUL).

CPRE often supports small developments in villages when the proposals are appropriately sited, as they can help to boost rural communities. But this proposal is not one of them.

This application proposes to build on greenfield agricultural land. We think that this is undesirable in every way in this historic landscape, just outside the Ashbury Conservation Area. The development would be outside the village built envelope, on a steep site and very visible from the west, and access would be difficult.

VWHDC's own conservation officer noted, in recommending refusal, that the development would 'extend the built up limits of the village on to an exposed site extending into the countryside', whilst ' not relating to the existing form of the village'.

No thanks.

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill currently going through Parliament is an attack on the planning system and environmental protections.

Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:58

Land not sand at Pinewoods

Written by Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Hanson plc has been wanting to extract sand from a site in the Vale of the White Horse for years. The 69-acre site of agricultural land west of Pinewoods hamlet extends north from the A420 almost to the Longworth to Hinton Waldrist village road.

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