Northern Gateway plans - 'not good enough' say Greens.
Says Green City Councillor and Shadow Planning Speaker Dick Wolf,
The application for the development of what was known as the ‘Northern Gateway’ has now been submitted. The Green Party objected to the original proposal to include it in the Core Strategy because of its negative impact on Oxford’s housing crisis, lack of genuinely affordable homes, on the poor transport planning, and on the vital ‘Kidlington Gap’ Green Belt that is supposed to stop Oxford and Kidlington merging. Nothing in the submitted plans mitigates any of these concerns.
Taking cycling provision alone as an example - the cycle route southwards is shown as going along the canal on the east side - which is impossible. Northwards it goes up the canal towards Yarnton - all fine, except that this requires the demolition of the lock-keepers cottage at Duke's Cut to make it wide and safe enough. There's no cycle route to Parkway Station. All this, despite the fact that all of Kidlington/Begbroke/Yarnton, much of Oxford, and Eynsham are within 15 - 25 minutes of the development by bike (less, obviously, by electric bike). This is a strong indication that the transport implications have just not been thought through.
FMI 07968 486854 Cllr Dick Wolff
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