Village starts fighting fund to repel plan for 200 homes

The Oxford Times: Judy Sissons and other villagers on the Green Belt land that could be earmarked for housing on the edge of Cumnor. Picture: OX66331 Mark Hemsworth Buy this photo Judy Sissons and other villagers on the Green Belt land that could be earmarked for housing on the edge of Cumnor. Picture: OX66331 Mark Hemsworth

RESIDENTS are putting together a legal fighting fund to oppose plans that would increase the number of homes in Cumnor by 50 per cent.

They want to raise £2,500 for legal advice to fight council plans proposing 200 homes on Green Belt land south of the village, which has 400 homes.

Land off Appleton Road is in Vale of White Horse District Council’s draft local plan on where future district estates should go, some 20,500 homes.

A public consultation on the plan – to remain in force until 2031 – closes tomorrow.

The Campaign to Save Cumnor’s Green Belt has been launched with the Oxfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

More than 100 residents packed the United Reformed Church Hall in Leys Road on Monday night to raise concerns.

Resident of 32 years Judy Sissons, 60, said: “It would completely change Cumnor from being a rural village.

“Cumnor is quite unusual because it has managed to stay a village so close to Oxford.

“Where they want to build is where people take their dogs for walks and go blackberry picking, it is a beautiful part of Oxfordshire.”

The Appleton Road resident echoed concerns from others that Cumnor Primary School is full.

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Matthew Hall, 55, of Appleton Road, said: “It is Green Belt land for a reason and they are proposing just to ignore it.

“If they can build there then nowhere is safe, and that is a major concern.

“Cumnor could then join onto Botley and onto Farmoor – it could develop a large urban sprawl which is just what the Green Belt is there to prevent.”

The meeting was called by Cumnor Parish Council and chairman Brian Stops said: “We think it would be very damaging to Cumnor and the life and structure of the village. Most of it is Green Belt land – we have to take special care of it, not build on it and develop it.

“It protects the countryside and the agricultural activity that goes with it. People are very concerned.”

The parish is to send its formal objection to the district council tomorrow.

All councils are obliged to draw up a local plan to meet demand and ensure estates are not built in a co-ordinated and not piecemeal fashion.

It includes 5,500 homes in Didcot and Harwell, 610 in Abingdon and 1,730 in villages near Abingdon and throughout the district.

Another 1,720 are planned for Oxford Green Belt in villages like Kennington, Cumnor and Radley.

To comment by 4pm tomorrow visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/ localplanpartone. To contact the campaign, see cumnor-says-no@googlegroups.com.

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10:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Gerrard2005 says...

Developers have many sites with planning permission granted, but want to push councils into releasing green space to build on. Once it's concreted over it's gone forever.
Developers have many sites with planning permission granted, but want to push councils into releasing green space to build on. Once it's concreted over it's gone forever. Gerrard2005
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8:30am Fri 4 Apr 14

brucklay227 says...

There is a wonderful opportunity to create a beautiful Garden City that would save building from encroaching on these villages in the Vale. The land is there, the infrastructure can be placed there, everything and anything to save villages like Cumnor, East Challow, Harwell, Great Coxwell, Wantage etc from urban sprawl
There is a wonderful opportunity to create a beautiful Garden City that would save building from encroaching on these villages in the Vale. The land is there, the infrastructure can be placed there, everything and anything to save villages like Cumnor, East Challow, Harwell, Great Coxwell, Wantage etc from urban sprawl brucklay227
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9:47am Fri 4 Apr 14

TobyB1960 says...

brucklay227 wrote:
There is a wonderful opportunity to create a beautiful Garden City that would save building from encroaching on these villages in the Vale. The land is there, the infrastructure can be placed there, everything and anything to save villages like Cumnor, East Challow, Harwell, Great Coxwell, Wantage etc from urban sprawl
Unfortunately it's too late; planning permission has been granted to 1000,s of new homes already. There is no process of removing planning permission once it has been granted (ie. Grove airfield, Chain Hill, Crab Hill etc). If the go ahead was given for a new garden city, it would be 30,000 new homes on top of the 20,000 already planned. The Vale would be forced to take the 28,000 allocation of new homes for Oxford where they don't physically have room for. So instead of increase the number of households in the Vale by 40% over 16 years it would 100%.
[quote][p][bold]brucklay227[/bold] wrote: There is a wonderful opportunity to create a beautiful Garden City that would save building from encroaching on these villages in the Vale. The land is there, the infrastructure can be placed there, everything and anything to save villages like Cumnor, East Challow, Harwell, Great Coxwell, Wantage etc from urban sprawl[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it's too late; planning permission has been granted to 1000,s of new homes already. There is no process of removing planning permission once it has been granted (ie. Grove airfield, Chain Hill, Crab Hill etc). If the go ahead was given for a new garden city, it would be 30,000 new homes on top of the 20,000 already planned. The Vale would be forced to take the 28,000 allocation of new homes for Oxford where they don't physically have room for. So instead of increase the number of households in the Vale by 40% over 16 years it would 100%. TobyB1960
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