|News Update June 2017
The Green Belt and Oxford's "unmet housing need"
The District Councils around Oxford are at different stages in the production of new Local Plans. As part of this exercise they have been asked to build some 15,000 houses for Oxford City to address Oxford's claimed "unmet housing need". Many of these are likely to be in the Green Belt. Cherwell DC suggests building nearly 4,000 houses in its sector of the Green Belt, mainly to the north of the City and around Kidlington, Yarnton and Begbroke. Vale of White Horse DC also proposes building in the Green Belt at Dalton Barracks, whilst South Oxfordshire DC suggests building in the Green Belt at Culham and Berinsfield.
Together, these plans represent an unprecedented amount of proposed development in the Green Belt, development that will have a huge impact on the life of local communities in the years to come as well as a massive and permanent loss of valued open space. The Oxford Green Belt Network believes that this scale of development in the Green Belt is quite unjustified and is the result of Oxford City Council using its own land for more profitable business uses and creating more jobs in the City rather than using this land for housing its own population. Oxford Green Belt Network will therefore take an active part in all the inquiries that look into the new Local Plans and their proposals for the Green Belt.
April 2017 - The Oxford Green Belt Network has responded to the consultation on the Government's White Paper, "Fixing a broken housing market". To read our response please see this link. We welcome the Government's statement in the White Paper that it intends to protect the Green Belt but any such commitment needs to be followed up with policies to ensure that firm and positive means of protecting the Green Belt are actually in place. Our response draws attention to what we see as weaknesses in what is being proposed.
November 2016 - Please help protect all of Englandís 14 Green Belts
July 2016 - CPRE Oxfordshire has launched a new campaign to Save the Oxford Green Belt and Protect Historic Oxford.
See the Campaign webpage. See also the Campaign CPRE Oxon Press Release,
CPRE Green Belt Campaign Flyer,
Green Belt Campaign Poster, and
Map of Threats to Green Belt, all in PDF format.
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.