Our rural communities are under threat. Help us prevent irreparable damage
South Oxfordshire District Council’s recently published Local Plan for the next 15 years states their preferred options for meeting Oxford’s need for more houses.
In this, the Council are proposing to build 3,500 houses on Chalgrove Airfield, creating a new town the size of Thame which would quadruple the size of the Chalgrove community. Their second preference could ultimately see 10,000 houses built close to Junction 7 on the M40 (a site referred to as Harrington), creating a new town the size of Didcot. Both of these options are a long way from the main areas of Oxford’s employment growth, would have poor public transport facilities and so would create massive amounts of road traffic with serious environmental implications.
Large scale developments on either site would also a huge impact on pristine Oxfordshire countryside, historic village communities and heritage, and ecology. In creating their Local Plan, SODC did not give detailed consideration to five alternative sites with many advantages, including being much closer to the areas of employment growth.
We need your support to help us campaign against these proposals and create a fighting fund for professional fees - legal, planning and PR support that will allow us to champion better sites for housing in Oxfordshire.
The Haseley Brook Action Group (HBAG) is a group of people that passionately believe that SODC’s decision here is ill-considered and will be likely to lead to irreparable damage to a precious part of Oxfordshire. Our mission is to change their mind.
Your generous donation will be used wisely by our Steering Group to drive the work required. We will provide bi-monthly updates on progress and how your funding is being put to use.