Kidlington Development Watch - KDW - campaign to save the Green Belt north of Oxford City is entering the final, critical stage.
At the preliminary one day hearing in October, we made a strong and well informed case on behalf of the affected communities. However, the developers, landowners and Cherwell were all represented by QCs who based their case largely on legal precedents. While there is arguably, no precedent for the taking so much Green Belt and allowing the coalescence of villages, the Inspector nevertheless decided to proceed to the full Hearing. The final, four day long Public Examination will start on the 5th February. We think expert representation is crucial to make our voices heard.
All five community action groups have joined forces to achieve this.
Together we will engage expert professional advice to help us prepare for the Examination in Public and to represent us at the key sessions. This will help us present the our case as effectively and strongly as possible. This will be costly so we need your help to raise funds urgently. Your contribution will help us make the strongest possible defence of the Green Belt around Kidlington.
The more money we raise the more legal support we can secure.
Cherwell District Council is asking the Planning Inspector to allow the release of green belt to meet Oxford City’s ‘unmet housing need of 4,400 extra houses. Their Local Plan includes:
- 1950 houses between Begbroke and Yarnton east of the A44;
- 435 houses in Yarnton to the west of the A44;
- The closing of Sandy Lane;
- Over 2000 new houses in Woodstock, Cutteslowe, Kidlington and on the North Oxford Golf Course;
- 100's of houses at Woodstock toward the airport;-
Total disregard of the impact of recent and ongoing development in Long Hanborough, Witney, Woodstock and Langford Lane;
- Ignoring new evidence which finds Oxford's true objective housing need is half that being planned for;
- An absurd circular argument that the 'working housing need figures' - cannot be changed even if shown to be false.
More information and a map of the land earmarked to be removed from the Green Belt - and hence released for future development is available on our website
along with details of other donation options.We have a strong case and hope you will agree that our Green Belt is worth fighting for. Any amount you can spare will help the cause.
Thank you from everyone in the joint Campaign team !