MP Nicola Blackwood receives petition against housing development

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, receives a petition signed by 501 residents of Begbroke and Yarnton. The petition protests against proposed housing development by the Cherwell District Council on local Green Belt land. The petition was organised by the Begbroke and Yarnton Green Belt Campaign and presented by (from left) Prof. Martin Oldfield, Giles Lewis (Chairman), and Marion Jones.

Ever since the Cherwell District Council in November last year published its Options for housing development around Begbroke, Yarnton and Kidlington, residents in those three villages have been protesting against the proposals.

Decisions are due in May as to where exactly the houses will be built but almost all the options would result in the infringement of Green Belt land.

The Begbroke and Yarnton Green Belt Campaign was set up by local residents to campaign against the Council`s plans to allow 4,400 houses to be built to the north of the city to help with Oxford city`s `unmet housing needs`.

Last week, members presented a petition to MP Nicola Blackwood signed by 501 residents. The petition urged her to support the protection of land around the historic villages of Begbroke and Yarnton, and to represent to the District Council their residents` strong opposition to development on the Green Belt.

The petition read,

"I/We, the undersigned, call upon our MP, Nicola Blackwood to:

  • Represent to the Cherwell District Council our strong opposition to development in the Green Belt around the villages of Begbroke and Yarnton, and to insist that it be protected, in line with her party’s manifesto commitment and the Government’s recent white paper.

  • Ensure that Cherwell District Council and Oxford City Council demonstrate that they have fully examined all other reasonable options for meeting their housing requirements.

  • Insist, in particular, that no development be allowed on the green fields which border our historic villages, define their shape and are essential to their character."

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