Greyhound stadium may be given protected status

The Oxford Times: The Greyhound stadium The Greyhound stadium

OXFORD Stadium could soon be given a new protected status which will make it harder for developers to knock it down to build homes.

Officers at Oxford City Council are looking into the possibility of making parts of the stadium a conservation area, giving the structure the same level of protection as some of the most historic parts of the city.

A public consultation has been launched and information gained will feed into the city council’s decision on whether to formally approve the status. It is hoped that making the stadium part of a conservation area will scupper plans to build 220 homes on the site.

City council leader Bob Price said: “Having had the focus on it that we have had for the planning application, it has been evident that the stadium has a very important heritage and conservation aspect to it.

“Having realised that, we thought we should use what powers we have to protect it. This will be another clear obstruction to it being a housing development.”

The Oxford Times:

City council leader Bob Price

Mr Price said council officers have been asked to explore whether parts of the building can be given listed status.

If approved, the conservation area would cover the tracks, the speedway pits, the greyhound paddock, car parks and parts of Sandy Lane.

Conservation areas are defined by central government as “areas of special architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.

Oxford currently has 16 such areas including the Central conservation area which includes the Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre and Christ Church.

The stadium was opened in 1939 by Lord Denham and was used for greyhound racing until 2012 when its owners, the Greyhound Racing Association, closed it claiming it was no longer viable.

It has also been home to speedway, with local team the Oxford Cheetahs winning three British League titles.

Galliard Homes has applied for permission to demolish the stadium and build homes there but the plans were rejected by the city council and are now the subject of an appeal – set to be heard this summer.

Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, who has been campaigning for the stadium to be kept, said: “Conservation area status will also give the council stronger planning control of what can happen on the site.

“It sends another very strong signal that our community is determined to save the stadium and make the most of its enormous potential for the future.”

Galliard Homes declined to comment.

The Oxford Mail reported on Monday that Steventon farmer Robert Tyrrell hopes to buy the stadium and is being helped by Nick Budimir, a friend of football manager Harry Redknapp.

  • The public can comment on the council plans by visiting consultation.oxford.gov.uk or by contacting senior conservation officer in the planning department Robert Lloyd-Sweet before April 1.

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10:01am Fri 14 Mar 14

mytaxes says...

Is this...

A) An early April Fools joke
B) A ploy to attract votes
C) An admission that we don't need houses after all
Is this... A) An early April Fools joke B) A ploy to attract votes C) An admission that we don't need houses after all mytaxes
  • Score: 2

1:58pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carli says...

perhaps affordable housing would be a good idea...
perhaps affordable housing would be a good idea... carli
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Oh dear...

"Protected Status" can result in a considerable financial burden for the operator when it comes to maintaining and improving assets resulting in business failure..

In one swift move a failure to understand the action:consequence relationship will secure the permanent closure of the facility.

In early course local people will start demanding that "something is done" about the eyesore. Homeless and drug addicts will move in, perhaps by owners turning a "blind eye" knowing that undesirables can be helfpul.

Perhaps a few fires resulting in permanent damaged to the structure.

Eventually, through negotiation, private housing will be built in two crescents around the original central part of the track - to reflect the "heritage" of the site. The remaining part of the site being filled with high density social housing.
Oh dear... "Protected Status" can result in a considerable financial burden for the operator when it comes to maintaining and improving assets resulting in business failure.. In one swift move a failure to understand the action:consequence relationship will secure the permanent closure of the facility. In early course local people will start demanding that "something is done" about the eyesore. Homeless and drug addicts will move in, perhaps by owners turning a "blind eye" knowing that undesirables can be helfpul. Perhaps a few fires resulting in permanent damaged to the structure. Eventually, through negotiation, private housing will be built in two crescents around the original central part of the track - to reflect the "heritage" of the site. The remaining part of the site being filled with high density social housing. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

7:02pm Fri 14 Mar 14

bishbosh says...

This is excellent news for those that have businesses and need jobs in the area, Galliard have no intention of building affordable housing on the site.
This is excellent news for those that have businesses and need jobs in the area, Galliard have no intention of building affordable housing on the site. bishbosh
  • Score: -1

8:36pm Fri 14 Mar 14

KindnessFirst says...

What a joke theres nothing desirable about this center of animal abuse. Hurry up an knock it down for the dogs sake.

Greyhound racing is for losers and animal abusers.
What a joke theres nothing desirable about this center of animal abuse. Hurry up an knock it down for the dogs sake. Greyhound racing is for losers and animal abusers. KindnessFirst
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Fri 14 Mar 14

KindnessFirst says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Oh dear...

"Protected Status" can result in a considerable financial burden for the operator when it comes to maintaining and improving assets resulting in business failure..

In one swift move a failure to understand the action:consequence relationship will secure the permanent closure of the facility.

In early course local people will start demanding that "something is done" about the eyesore. Homeless and drug addicts will move in, perhaps by owners turning a "blind eye" knowing that undesirables can be helfpul.

Perhaps a few fires resulting in permanent damaged to the structure.

Eventually, through negotiation, private housing will be built in two crescents around the original central part of the track - to reflect the "heritage" of the site. The remaining part of the site being filled with high density social housing.
Homeless and drug addicts woul dat least be better than animal abusers..
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Oh dear... "Protected Status" can result in a considerable financial burden for the operator when it comes to maintaining and improving assets resulting in business failure.. In one swift move a failure to understand the action:consequence relationship will secure the permanent closure of the facility. In early course local people will start demanding that "something is done" about the eyesore. Homeless and drug addicts will move in, perhaps by owners turning a "blind eye" knowing that undesirables can be helfpul. Perhaps a few fires resulting in permanent damaged to the structure. Eventually, through negotiation, private housing will be built in two crescents around the original central part of the track - to reflect the "heritage" of the site. The remaining part of the site being filled with high density social housing.[/p][/quote]Homeless and drug addicts woul dat least be better than animal abusers.. KindnessFirst
  • Score: 3

10:01pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Tidkin says...

What a stupid idea - it is simily a disused and unwanted track - no heritage value at all. The buildings need to be demolished and the land put to some good use. Why such a fuss about such an uninteresting site.
What a stupid idea - it is simily a disused and unwanted track - no heritage value at all. The buildings need to be demolished and the land put to some good use. Why such a fuss about such an uninteresting site. Tidkin
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