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Oxford Green Belt Our Mission is to Preserve and Protect the whole of the Oxford Green Belt Green Belt Network
- for the benefit of all who treasure our beautiful City and for all who live
in the Green Belt and beyond.

News Update August 2019

In the on-going debate by Planners about whether any ‘exceptional circumstances’ may exist for building more housing in the Oxford Green Belt, the situation in August 2019 is that the Inspectors preparing to examine the Oxford City Local Plan 2036 have asked the City Council some very searching questions about the evidential basis for the City’s claimed unmet housing need, but have not yet set a date for that Examination in Public, while the recently elected SODC Councillors have decided to defer any decision on the future of the highly controversial South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034 until sometime in October, and the Planning Inspector who examined the Cherwell Local Plan has issued his preliminary conclusion that ‘exceptional circumstances’ do exist for building up to 4,00 houses in Cherwell DC. Clearly as this debate goes on, so much depends on the interpretation of the latest government Planning guidance on Green Belts, so OGBN has reproduced that guidance here.

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 Consultations.

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.

The Oxford Green Belt Network was established in 1997 to:
          • Protect the setting of the Historic City of Oxford from the urban sprawl which had damaged so many other cities (though none as beautiful as ours).
          • Protect the individual towns and villages around Oxford from being swallowed up into an expanding City and allowing them to retain their cherished separate identities.
          • Preserve open countryside close at hand as a green lung for the health and enjoyment of City dwellers.
The clamour of developers against the Green Belt is stronger now than it has ever been.

The creators of the Green Belt foresaw this and said that the essence of the Green Belt is its permanence
- that is what we fight to ensure.

If you need help with a threat to the Green Belt where you live; or would like more information about what we do;
or would like to help us in our work - contact us by e-mail at webmaster@oxfordgreenbelt.net

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