Oxfordshire Plan 2050 – Cancelled!

The cancellation of the Oxfordshire Plan is a very disappointing outcome. Only last week we were promised a further consultation, particularly addressing housing numbers. It would clearly be better to plan for the whole of Oxfordshire than for each of the five District Councils to make individual plans. As we understand it, the cancellation of…

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Salt Cross Net Zero Ambition Crushed

artists impression of Salt Cross Garden Village

Image credit: Grosvenor oxongv.co.uk Salt Cross is a new ‘garden village’ being built at Eynsham in West Oxfordshire. Having fought against the development, the local community has subsequently worked extremely hard to try to ensure it is an exemplar of good development – including net zero commitments. West Oxfordshire District Council, supported by strong public views,…

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Oxfordshire Plan 2050: CPRE helps secure additional consultation

Ben Seymour, Unsplash

Image credit: Ben Seymour, Unsplash Earlier this year, CPRE Oxfordshire called for an additional round of public consultation on the emerging Oxfordshire 2050 Plan. The Future Oxfordshire Partnership (FOP) has now announced that this is likely to take place in the autumn. CPRE believes a further consultation is necessary because the growth options outlined in…

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Calls to Protect Prime Farmland

child and dog leaning on farm gate

Image credit: Abigail Oliver New CPRE research has found there’s been an amazing hundred-fold increase in our best farmland lost to development in little more than a decade. As a result, we’re telling government we need a land strategy and new planning rules to safeguard our food security. Newly published research on food security has found…

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Volunteer Opportunity – Oxford District Chair

Whilst CPRE has both members and volunteers within the City area, we have been without a formal City-based district committee for a number of years.  We are now keen to re-establish this group and are looking for a dynamic chairperson to help us achieve this.  There are others willing to participate, but we need someone…

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Proposed Green Belt Solar Farm at Noke

Land at Noke

Plans for a 43 hectare solar farm, within the Oxford Green Belt north of Noke are currently being considered. View the application and have your say on the Cherwell District Council website. Deadline for comment is 22nd July. CPRE Oxfordshire has objected to the application: “There would be severe damage to the Green Belt, its…

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Thames Water Consultation

Drainage and Waste Water Management Plan These are new long-term plans that set out how wastewater systems, and the drainage networks that serve them, are to be extended, improved and maintained to ensure they are resilient against future pressures such as climate change and population growth. Consultation on the draft plan is open, closing Thursday…

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Solar Farm Map

Solar farm map

CPRE Oxfordshire is calling for a properly thought out strategy for the location of renewable energy, as more of Oxfordshire’s farmland is targeted by solar companies. With applications increasing dramatically, we have published a map showing existing solar installations across the county and those currently under consideration. The map will be regularly updated to reflect…

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Calls to Drop Proposed Major Road Scheme

Artist impression Didcot road improvements

Artists’ impression of future A4130 – credit Oxfordshire County Council Campaign groups have come together to urge Oxfordshire County Council to withdraw proposals for a major road from Didcot to the A4074 at the Golden Balls Roundabout. Read more about the plans. Oxfordshire County Council cabinet members will be asked to vote on proposals at…

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Could you help us make sure the Countryside adds up?

Hulton Park

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is looking for a Treasurer for its West Oxfordshire District.  Could you help? Our local committee of volunteers works to speak up for the environment, villages and market towns of rural West Oxfordshire.  From challenging inappropriate planning applications to planting hedges, we help to ensure that our countryside…

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