We wish you all a successful and prosperous New Year.
Our long battle to Stop Oxford's Sprawl is entering the final, critical stage. The Planning Inspector will decide if Cherwell's Local Plan is sound during a four day public hearing early in February. From our experience at the preliminary one day hearing we think legal representation is crucial to make our voices heard.
We are writing to ask for donations toward this. Your contribution will help us make the strongest possible defence of the Green Belt around Kidlington. We know this is not the best time of year to ask for donations but time is short and needs must. If the Plan is approved the Green Belt will be lost forever. Kidlington, Begbroke, Yarnton, Gosford and Water Eaton will eventually coalesce and be subsumed by Oxford City into one massive urban sprawl.
We hope that 2019 will be the year we see this threat soundly rejected.
Linda Ward, Alan Lodwick and Kevin Bezant for Kidlington Development Watch
The community responded magnificently when we asked for funds to raise public awareness of the Plan during 2017. Any amount you can spare now will help build our legal fighting fund and be most gratefully received.
The best way to donate is via BACS into the dedicated account managed by CDWA.
Please make payment to Lloyds a/c no. 64042060, sort code 30-98-97 quoting KDW as reference.
Cheques should be made payable to Cherwell Development Watch Alliance
Our operating address for post or drop off is: 29 Webbs Way, Kidlington OX5 2EW
We have also set up a crowdfunding page for anyone who prefers to donate by Paypal or card online. However be aware that this will incur a handling fee of around 5%.
We are acting as part of the Cherwell Development Watch Alliance - CDWA. The Alliance represents all the action groups and communities affected by Cherwell's
At the preliminary hearing KDW and other members of CDWA made a strong and well informed case for rejecting the proposals. However, developers, landowners and Cherwell were all represented by QCs who based their case largely on legal precedents. While there is arguably, no precedent for the taking so much Green Belt and allowing the coalescence of villages, the Inspector nevertheless decided to proceed to the full Hearing.
CDWA have decided to share resources to engage expert legal advice to help us prepare for the Examination in Public and to represent us at the key sessions. Our barrister's brief will cover the overarching case against Oxford City's supposed unmet housing need AND the key strategic concerns affecting the chosen sites.
This will be costly so we need your help to raise funds urgently.
We have not taken this decision lightly. We know there is a strong case for rejecting the Councils plan. Legal support could make the difference between the success or failure of our long campaign to Stop Oxford's Sprawl.
We have continued to work on tackling Cherwell’s local plan, meeting weekly with the Cherwell Development Watch Alliance (CDWA). This is the association representing all five North Oxfordshire protest groups. We have been gathering information and making many useful contacts. We have been in contact with the Housing Minister. We have also been making made representations about the Oxford City Council Local Plan which has such a bearing on Cherwell.
To remind you of Cherwell District Council’s plan to accept Oxford City’s ‘unmet housing needs’: