Oxford's Local Plan, due to be adopted soon, claims that the City needs to grow by about 50% in twenty years - equivalent to adding a new town like Bracknell onto the City. Most of this growth is
planned for the Green Belt around Oxford. It is being implemented through plans by Cherwell, South Oxfordshire and the other Oxfordshire Districts. The Cherwell Development Watch Alliance,
supported by 25 signatories including Layla Moran MP, other elected representatives and professional planners, has written to the Secretary of State about the absurdity of this planned level of
growth and its consequences for the Oxford Green Belt. It asks him to intervene in order to honour the Government's commitment 'to protect the Green Belt' made repeatedly in its manifestos and
statements by Government Ministers.
The City, Cherwell's and South Oxfordshire's plans have yet to be adopted. We urge you to vote against these plans and protect the Green Belt. If the plans go ahead, the electorate will have a constant reminder for years to come, of who was responsible for destroying the Oxford Green Belt. This is a crucial matter for local democracy, regardless of whether or not the Secretary of State intervenes.
The press release issued on 18th May and a copy of the letter sent to the Secretary of State can be downloaded below.
Please contact us if you would like further information.
Cherwell Development Watch Alliance