Begbroke and Yarnton
Green Belt Campaign

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Cherwell District Council want to build 4,400 houses, the majority  on the Green Belt surrounding the villages of Begbroke, Yarnton and Kidlington. The largest number will be built on two sites between Begbroke and Yarnton. BYG is campaigning to save our Green Belt.

NEWS: Cherwell District Council is consulting on proposed Main Modifications to the Partial Review of the Local Plan. The Modifications arise from the planning inspector's post-hearing note that requested the removal of the Woodstock site (PR10) from the plan and the 410 houses re-distributed elsewhere. In effect, Cherwell are removing even more Green Belt in order to accommodate houses already in excess of a truly objectively assessed housing need for Oxford. Responses to the  consultation must be received by Cherwell no later than 11.59pm on Friday 20 December 2019.

"One thing is certain: there is NOTHING in [site PR8 - Begbroke]  for the benefit of local residents. All they can expect is severance from their local services; local traffic chaos; loss of Green Belt amenity; destruction of their ancient separate identities; and ten years of disruption." – Read Giles Lewis' address to Cherwell District Council, 22 July 2019

On 10 July 2019 The planning inspector published a "post-hearing advice note" which served to demonstrate, as far as the demonstrably flawed 'Oxford's unmet need' numbers are concerned, just how broken the planning system really is!

The Examination in Public was held from 5-13 February 2019. BYG, and the umbrella group, Cherwell Development Watch Alliance (CDWA) participated and submitted a number of statements both before and after the hearings.

A Preliminary Hearing took place on 28 Sept 2018. Representatives from BYG attended. We contributed to a written submission on behalf of the Cherwell Development Watch Alliance (CDWA).

On Monday, 26 Feb 2018 Cherwell District Council voted in favour of submitting the Plan to the Planning Inspectorate.

BYG Consultation Response: Read the BYG Response to the Cherwell District Council Proposed Submission Plan Consultatio

The "latest news" and "resources" on this website will assist you in understanding and responding to the threat to remove our Green Belt. Join BYG for further updates. We need the support of all the community to ensure our beautiful green surrounds are not threatened; that the infrastructure (already stretched to breaking point), is not totally overloaded; and that policy is based on actual housing need.

LATEST CAMPAIGN NEWS

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Campaign news

Campaign news now has its own dedicated page! Latest news includes:

Oxford Mail
15 June 2017 
Oxford Times
15 June 2017

Oxford Times

15 June 2017

ABOUT US

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BYG is an association of concerned residents of both Begbroke and Yarnton who share a common aim of protecting Green Belt land surrounding the villages of Begbroke & Yarnton from encroachment by housing or other built development.  Cherwell District Council is proposing to build 4,400 houses in and around the villages of Begbroke, Yarnton and Kidlington in support of Oxford City Council's alleged 'Unmet Housing Needs'. We also work with Kidlington Development Watch and CPRE Oxfordshire.

With the exception of financial help from Begbroke & Yarnton Parish Councils, BYG has been primarily self-funding. However, in order to continue to  make the best response we can to Cherwell District Council's plans, as well as continue our campaign of awareness-raising amongst our two villages, we need to raise money. If you wish to donate then please do so, either via our fund-raising site or directly (drop us an email).

 

Join the BYG Campaign

The Begbroke & Yarnton Green Belt Campaign (BYG) is an "unincorporated association", formed to promote and encourage for the benefit of the public the improvement and protection of the countryside and the protection of the Green Belt from encroachment by housing or other built development, in particular the Green Belt land surrounding the villages of Begbroke & Yarnton and related areas.

 

As an Association we have members. If you agree with the above aim of the Association it is very easy to join BYG. Simply tell us your name, email address, street and village,  and confirm that we may hold this information for the purposes of maintaining a membership list and contacting you.

In any case, we encourage you to subscribe to our email updates. Add yourself to the email list by sending a blank email to announcements-join@ourgreenbelt.uk. Please also follow us on Twitter and engage with us on Facebook.

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