The partial Local Plan consultation process is entering its second stage. Cherwell's plans are becoming clearer. It wants to place the extra 4,400 houses as close to Oxford as possible by releasing vast areas of green belt for development. The village's fears of being swallowed by Oxfords sprawl to form a massive urban conurbation could become a reality.
Kidlington, Gosford & Water Eaton, Yarnton and Begbroke are all under threat. Residents in Cutteslowe/ N. Oxford will be profoundly affected as will everyone who uses the Golf Course.
Woodstock also stands to lose out with 410 homes - the only site out side the Green Belt being selected despite long standing and bitter local opposition.
These proposals are not final. We are up against developers who will continue to lobby for release of yet more sites in and around Kidlington.
We must make our opinions heard during this final consultation. Every objection and comment received by Cherwell will count. They will all be considered by the independent Planning Inspector charged with deciding if Cherwell's plans are sound.
Kidlington could grow from 6,000 to 10,400 households. Our green fields sacrificed to Oxford's greed for expansion. Traffic problems will be horrendous. Schools and health services stretched. Precious countryside walks and views lost, habitats destroyed.
Kidlington's green setting is the most valuable amenity residents possess. Unless we act it may be lost forever.
We are working in tandem with other action groups representing affected communities. If you want to be put in contact with your local organisers send us an email & KDW will gladly forward it on.
Begbroke and Yarnton
Gosford & Water Eaton residents are working in partnership with Kidlington Development Watch
Cutteslowe and N. Oxford are mobilising