Galliard Homes drops its appeal to be allowed to build homes on Oxford Stadium

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HOUSING developer Galliard Homes has dropped its planning fight to build hundreds of homes on the Oxford Stadium site.

Galliard Homes was refused permission by Oxford City Council to replace the stadium with 220 homes, and had lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate, due to be heard in September.

But this morning, Oxford City Council has revealed the developer has now withdrawn its appeal.

The news comes after Galliard yesterday advertised the stadium for lease, most likely to an operator who would run it as a Greyhound race track once more.

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12:10pm Fri 9 May 14

mytaxes says...

Bad news that our councillors and one MP consider dog racing is more important than houses.
Bad news that our councillors and one MP consider dog racing is more important than houses. mytaxes
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12:58pm Fri 9 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

They have to find an operator first who is prepared to pay £250k a year.

Then there is the thorny issue over gambling in a residential area. There have been a number of protests recently over new betting shops in Rose Hill.

If the proprietor can evidence no operator or issues over betting licence - the route will be clear for demolition.
They have to find an operator first who is prepared to pay £250k a year. Then there is the thorny issue over gambling in a residential area. There have been a number of protests recently over new betting shops in Rose Hill. If the proprietor can evidence no operator or issues over betting licence - the route will be clear for demolition. Andrew:Oxford
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2:05pm Fri 9 May 14

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
They have to find an operator first who is prepared to pay £250k a year.

Then there is the thorny issue over gambling in a residential area. There have been a number of protests recently over new betting shops in Rose Hill.

If the proprietor can evidence no operator or issues over betting licence - the route will be clear for demolition.
Precisely, its a good move by Galliard.

They know there isn't many businesses out there ready to take up the lease and run it as a dog track again.

So if they leave it a few months or year with nothing happening they'll have more evidence for their appeal next time they put it in. Making a stronger case for them.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: They have to find an operator first who is prepared to pay £250k a year. Then there is the thorny issue over gambling in a residential area. There have been a number of protests recently over new betting shops in Rose Hill. If the proprietor can evidence no operator or issues over betting licence - the route will be clear for demolition.[/p][/quote]Precisely, its a good move by Galliard. They know there isn't many businesses out there ready to take up the lease and run it as a dog track again. So if they leave it a few months or year with nothing happening they'll have more evidence for their appeal next time they put it in. Making a stronger case for them. MadMan-JaYmZ
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2:21pm Fri 9 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Why stop at knocking down just the stadium?
Why stop at knocking down just the stadium? Myron Blatz
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4:13pm Fri 9 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Why stop at knocking down just the stadium?
Perhaps because you can't really "knock down" a ground level car park?
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Why stop at knocking down just the stadium?[/p][/quote]Perhaps because you can't really "knock down" a ground level car park? Andrew:Oxford
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12:48am Sat 10 May 14

realisticoutlook says...

Yes crafty move by developers!

Massive lease price on the stadium to put of interested parties which means the offers unlikely to be taken up which gives them more evidence that the site is not viable as a stadium!

Hardly anyone in the Cowley area, Oxford area and beyond wants to see the stadium knocked down and houses put on it. This includes residents, greyhound racing fans, speedway fans and anybody with an ethical viewpoint!

Plenty of other places to build houses, multi use facilities like Cowley stadium should be cherished!
Yes crafty move by developers! Massive lease price on the stadium to put of interested parties which means the offers unlikely to be taken up which gives them more evidence that the site is not viable as a stadium! Hardly anyone in the Cowley area, Oxford area and beyond wants to see the stadium knocked down and houses put on it. This includes residents, greyhound racing fans, speedway fans and anybody with an ethical viewpoint! Plenty of other places to build houses, multi use facilities like Cowley stadium should be cherished! realisticoutlook
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