|News Update April 2019
On Thursday 11th April 2019 Michael Tyce presented a very convincing case for defending the Oxford Green Belt against inappropriate building development in a debate hosted by the Oxford Civic Society in Oxford Town Hall. Michael is a Trustee of CPRE Oxfordshire and a Committee Member of the Oxford Green Belt Network, and in addition to his extensive knowledge and deep understanding of the advantages of keeping the Oxford Green Belt intact, he demonstrated in this speech that he could focus on the main issues in a clear and entertaining way. The audience at the debate seemed to accept the logic of Michael’s speech, and the full text of it is available here.
March 2019 – Oxfordshire Plan 2050
The Oxford Green Belt Network has responded to the invitation from the County Council to comment on a draft version of the “Vision as the basis for the Oxfordshire Local Plan 2050”. The full text of OGBN’s response can be read here, but there are some disturbing aspects to this consultation to be aware of. In particular, it seems that it has already been accepted by the team producing this Plan that the proposed accelerated economic growth of the County is necessarily in its best interests. The social and environmental consequences of such accelerated economic growth do not seem to have been fully evaluated in this Vision, and there is no evidence that the basic strategy for adopting this rapid economic growth has ever been offered for public consultation, as it should have been. This Plan 2050 is the current name for Oxfordshire’s Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP) and its production by the Local Planning Authorities in Oxfordshire is a requirement of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal which has been agreed by these Local Authorities with central government. Unfortunately some of the major challenges facing such accelerated economic growth have not been considered in this Vision, such as the sensitivity of any growth to climatic change and the need to design sustainable growth in order to reduce this sensitivity.
On February 18th 2019 the Oxford Green Belt Network submitted a formal response to SODC’s Regulation 19 public consultation on the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011-2034 (SOLP 2011-2034) , and Part B of this response, detailing OGBN’s objections to the strategic housing sites proposed for development in the Oxford Green Belt, can be found here.
For Oxford Green Belt Network's responses to consultations on the
Local Plans of Cherwell, Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire
District Councils, see the menu opposite under Planning
For Oxford Green Belt Network's response to Cherwell District
Council's consultation on their Local Plan Partial Review see the menu
opposite under Planning Consultations
The Oxford Green Belt Network continues to fight any suggestion that Green Belt policy be weakened in an attempt to stimulate the national economy. A city's Green Belt setting, like that of Oxford, encourages economic growth rather than preventing it.