Campaign gears up to fight new Witney housing

The Oxford Times: Campaign supporters make their feelings plain Campaign supporters make their feelings plain

RESIDENTS have united in a campaign fighting plans to build 270 homes on the “best view in Witney”.

It comes as developer Gladman Homes submitted a planning application – yet to be made public – to West Oxfordshire District Council with its proposals to develop a site overlooking the Windrush Valley.

Campaigners have set up the Windrush Valley Protection Group and are issuing A4 posters saying “Stop housing development on Burford Road” to 1,000 homes in the area to be placed in windows.

An online petition has been signed by more than 170 people and a website has also been created including campaign details.

Gladman Homes sent leaflets to residents as part of a public consultation showing it wants to build the estate on a field behind the Windrush Inn off Burford Road.

Campaign co-chairwoman Jennie Allen, an environmental consultant who lives in Burford Road, said: “The initial leaflet set alarm bells ringing.

“We thought we can’t just sit back and let them do this so we got a campaign team together to get Witney people involved.”

Residents say there would be an increased risk of flooding downstream in the town centre, more traffic in Burford Road near Tower Hill School and would effect air quality in Bridge Street.

District council spokeswoman Carys Davies said: “The developer has submitted a planning application but it will have to be checked and validated by the council before it is registered.

“We’re unable to give a timeframe for when it will be made public.”

For more information about the campaign, see windrushvalleyprotectiongroup.org

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8:53am Fri 16 May 14

PDplum says...

i really do hate nimby's
i really do hate nimby's PDplum
  • Score: -5

9:06pm Fri 16 May 14

mfhxgram says...

This is about appropriate, sustainable and correct housing development. this is pure capitalist profiteering. Chedck out the company's track record - its not hard to see they look to exploit loopholes and ruthlessly exploitat our rural landscape in a completely inappropriate manner. This developer only targeting green field sites for maximum financial retrun without a consideration to the appropriateness of the site for development. This development will impact downstreamshops and homeswith the increasing risks of flooding, increase the pressure on the the already stressed infrastructure and blight an important area of the windrush valley. together with the fact this land has already been screened as unsuitable for development its hardly nimbyism just fact - this site is not appropriate for development. Stop the plague that is Gladman and object: https://www.facebook
.com/pages/Windrush-
Valley-Protection-Gr
oup/231858047022501?
hc_location=timeline
This is about appropriate, sustainable and correct housing development. this is pure capitalist profiteering. Chedck out the company's track record - its not hard to see they look to exploit loopholes and ruthlessly exploitat our rural landscape in a completely inappropriate manner. This developer only targeting green field sites for maximum financial retrun without a consideration to the appropriateness of the site for development. This development will impact downstreamshops and homeswith the increasing risks of flooding, increase the pressure on the the already stressed infrastructure and blight an important area of the windrush valley. together with the fact this land has already been screened as unsuitable for development its hardly nimbyism just fact - this site is not appropriate for development. Stop the plague that is Gladman and object: https://www.facebook .com/pages/Windrush- Valley-Protection-Gr oup/231858047022501? hc_location=timeline mfhxgram
  • Score: 9

8:42am Sat 17 May 14

Angharad12 says...

Nimby is such an unpleasant word. It's a convenient insult. Quite often it's delivered by people who don't want development near them and expect others to take it.
Nimby is such an unpleasant word. It's a convenient insult. Quite often it's delivered by people who don't want development near them and expect others to take it. Angharad12
  • Score: 3

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