Months of waiting for stadium decision

The Oxford Times: Oxford Stadium Oxford Stadium

THE fate of Oxford Stadium may not be known until almost two years to the day it shut.

A government planning inspector will begin hearing evidence on Galliard Homes’ plans to demolish the stadium in Sandy Lane and build 220 homes on the site on September 9.

The hearings are expected to last 10 days and the inspector is then expected to release a decision after that, potentially around the two-anniversary of the stadium’s closure as a venue for greyhound racing in December 2012.

Galliard is appealing against Oxford City Council’s rejection of its plans.

Former Oxford Stadium promotions manager Mick Wheble, who is now campaigning against the demolition, said: “This is crunch time. If the inspector rules for us I think the stadium could be open again in the early part of 2015.”

He added: “There are many buyers out there.

“It is disappointing and it would have been nice to have an earlier inquiry.

“But in saying that it does give us time to put our evidence together.”

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9:21am Wed 9 Apr 14

EMBOX2 says...

Dog racing and horse racing betting, which drives the industry, is fading away and is being replaced by digital gambling (online/FOBT) so its no surprise this track closed, and many others around the UK.

It is a shame it closed, and I hope it can be reopened in some way, but forget trying to host dog races here.
Dog racing and horse racing betting, which drives the industry, is fading away and is being replaced by digital gambling (online/FOBT) so its no surprise this track closed, and many others around the UK. It is a shame it closed, and I hope it can be reopened in some way, but forget trying to host dog races here. EMBOX2
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12:35am Thu 10 Apr 14

bishbosh says...

Delaying inspectorate decisions is not normally good news. Clearly there are
influences being bought to bear. I hope the local authority remains steadfast. Oxford needs the stadium and the jobs and opportunities it provides.
Delaying inspectorate decisions is not normally good news. Clearly there are influences being bought to bear. I hope the local authority remains steadfast. Oxford needs the stadium and the jobs and opportunities it provides. bishbosh
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