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Report “justifying” green belt urban extension is released Oxford Council

by Paul Addison on June 15, 2016 No comments

A review has been requested for the council report of Oxfords green belt inner boundaries which will be allowing strategic housing allocations.

A report has been released by Oxford City Council. The report is in favour of its housing need has has not reached expectation is dealt with through urban extension, this will be closest to the city and will include a loss of some existing green belt.

The local authority had the following to say about the report commissioned from planning consultancy Turley. They said it provides “evidence of the exceptional circumstances justifying the need for a review of the inner boundaries of the green belt to allow strategic housing allocations on the edge of the University City”.

The conclusion of the report was that the most justifiable way to deal with the requirement is two urban extensions, one to the north of the Cherwell District (providing 2,800-3,600 homes), and one to the south of Grenoble Road (providing 5,500-7,500 homes). The following are additional urban extensions options that may be studied:

  • “Wick Farm & Elsfield estate to the northeast of the city,”
  • “A strategic housing site at Begbroke & Yarnton,”
  • “An enhanced strategic allocation north of Abingdon.”

Board Member for Planning, Councillor Alex Hollingsworth had the following to say:

“Successive planning inspectors have concluded that there are ‘exceptional circumstances’ that justify reviewing the green belt boundaries. Our evidence shows that properly planned urban extensions are an efficient and sustainable solution to housing need. They provide opportunity to extend existing public transport and cycle networks as part of an integrated transport strategy, and reduce the need to travel longer distances.”

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Paul AddisonReport “justifying” green belt urban extension is released Oxford Council

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