Town Green bid could scupper housing plan

Town Green bid could scupper housing plan

Town Green bid could scupper housing plan

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RESIDENTS in Headington have welcomed news of a Town Green public inquiry which could pose a threat to the new Barton Park housing estate.

Oxfordshire County Council said it will investigate for two weeks – starting on Monday, July 7 – whether land at Foxwell Drive could become a Town Green after campaigners submitted an application.

The move poses a threat to the 885-home Barton Park site, proposed by developer Grosvenor, which is finalising a planning application with the support of Oxford City Council.

Access to the site, potentially Oxford’s biggest housing development in a generation, is currently planned via a bridge over the A40 into Northway that would cut through green space at Foxwell Drive. But if Town Green status is granted that would be blocked.

Friends of Old Headington chairwoman Veronica Hurst said the group was “very pleased”.

She said: “The whole process of getting this inquiry has been very challenging.

“We are in favour of the Barton Park development, but we oppose the loss of green space between Northway and the Northern Bypass.

“It is used by children to play and for people to enjoy themselves on nice days, so we very much want to keep that.

“I’m no planning expert, but we are confident Grosvenor can manage without it.”

A Town Green designation would also reduce any future development threats to Ruskin Fields, Mrs Hurst added, by making access to the fields much more difficult.

Oxford City Council said last year it did not expect the Town Green application for the 4.5-acre site, which it owns, to progress to the level it has.

It is due to meet Grosvenor next week to discuss the planning application, but the county council’s decision could delay the process.

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Colin Cook, city council board member for development, said last year that residents were “welcome to try” for a Foxwell Town Green.

He said: “We will be pressing ahead, mindful that an inquiry is going ahead.”

Sorrel Basher, a spokesman for the developer, also said the news had not affected their plans. She said: “We are progressing as planned, under the assumption that the land at Northway will not be designated a Town Green.

“If the Town Green is approved, this will not impact the Barton Park scheme.

“If the proposed access route isn’t possible we will have to establish an alternative route.

“We will not be postponing a reserved matters application until after the Town Green decision. “ County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said the Town Green inquiry would make a recommendation to its planning and regulation committee.

The cost of the inquiry will be met by the county council, with parties involved covering their own legal representation.

Mr Crabtree said: “The committee will make a decision as soon as practicable after the inspector’s report is received.”

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11:27am Sat 1 Mar 14

Myron Blatz says...

If the town green won't impact on Narton West's planned site development, then why not save the taxpayer bundles of money, and just approve the town green? Also, why is Grovesnor calling the site 'Barton Park' when it has always been referred to as Barton West - or isn't that 'posh' enough to get the wealthy punters to open their handbags and wallets to actually buy new homes on the projected housing estate, which will also include hundreds of Council and housing association tenants, people claiming benefits, and the odd one or two who probably aren't even members of a local golfing club? On second thoughts, why not combine all the 'open green spaces' needed by Law and to help prevent flooding, by also incorporating a golf course for Barton West, to complement the hotel and news leisure facilities? At this rate, Barton West could even attract more tourists and visitors than Bicester Village, or the new half-olympic swimming pool when finally completed at Blackbird Leys - or should that be Blackbird Leys Park ..... estate?
If the town green won't impact on Narton West's planned site development, then why not save the taxpayer bundles of money, and just approve the town green? Also, why is Grovesnor calling the site 'Barton Park' when it has always been referred to as Barton West - or isn't that 'posh' enough to get the wealthy punters to open their handbags and wallets to actually buy new homes on the projected housing estate, which will also include hundreds of Council and housing association tenants, people claiming benefits, and the odd one or two who probably aren't even members of a local golfing club? On second thoughts, why not combine all the 'open green spaces' needed by Law and to help prevent flooding, by also incorporating a golf course for Barton West, to complement the hotel and news leisure facilities? At this rate, Barton West could even attract more tourists and visitors than Bicester Village, or the new half-olympic swimming pool when finally completed at Blackbird Leys - or should that be Blackbird Leys Park ..... estate? Myron Blatz
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2:46pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
If the town green won't impact on Narton West's planned site development, then why not save the taxpayer bundles of money, and just approve the town green? Also, why is Grovesnor calling the site 'Barton Park' when it has always been referred to as Barton West - or isn't that 'posh' enough to get the wealthy punters to open their handbags and wallets to actually buy new homes on the projected housing estate, which will also include hundreds of Council and housing association tenants, people claiming benefits, and the odd one or two who probably aren't even members of a local golfing club? On second thoughts, why not combine all the 'open green spaces' needed by Law and to help prevent flooding, by also incorporating a golf course for Barton West, to complement the hotel and news leisure facilities? At this rate, Barton West could even attract more tourists and visitors than Bicester Village, or the new half-olympic swimming pool when finally completed at Blackbird Leys - or should that be Blackbird Leys Park ..... estate?
It's called Barton Park because local children at Bayards Hill School chose the name. Perhaps you should write a formal letter of complaint to the school if you find it unsatisfactory?
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: If the town green won't impact on Narton West's planned site development, then why not save the taxpayer bundles of money, and just approve the town green? Also, why is Grovesnor calling the site 'Barton Park' when it has always been referred to as Barton West - or isn't that 'posh' enough to get the wealthy punters to open their handbags and wallets to actually buy new homes on the projected housing estate, which will also include hundreds of Council and housing association tenants, people claiming benefits, and the odd one or two who probably aren't even members of a local golfing club? On second thoughts, why not combine all the 'open green spaces' needed by Law and to help prevent flooding, by also incorporating a golf course for Barton West, to complement the hotel and news leisure facilities? At this rate, Barton West could even attract more tourists and visitors than Bicester Village, or the new half-olympic swimming pool when finally completed at Blackbird Leys - or should that be Blackbird Leys Park ..... estate?[/p][/quote]It's called Barton Park because local children at Bayards Hill School chose the name. Perhaps you should write a formal letter of complaint to the school if you find it unsatisfactory? Andrew:Oxford
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2:52pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The only thing that this vexatious act will truly "scupper" is brisk access by Ambulance from the A40 to the JR A&E department.

When you promote an action, you're also promoting the consequences...

So perhaps the chairwoman and her group are "very pleased" about this too?
The only thing that this vexatious act will truly "scupper" is brisk access by Ambulance from the A40 to the JR A&E department. When you promote an action, you're also promoting the consequences... So perhaps the chairwoman and her group are "very pleased" about this too? Andrew:Oxford
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4:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

King Joke says...

It will also scupper the bus service to the new estate, by forcing it to take the route via Barton, which is longer and which suffers long queues trying to get onto the Green Rd Roundabout.
It will also scupper the bus service to the new estate, by forcing it to take the route via Barton, which is longer and which suffers long queues trying to get onto the Green Rd Roundabout. King Joke
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