Harbord Road Area Residents’ Association (HRARA) became involved in the Cherwell District Council Local Plan in 2017 when it became apparent that the locations likely to be selected for 4,400 homes (which were planned solely to meet Oxford’s claimed unmet need) would have a devastating impact on the extensive views from Cutteslowe Park over the Cherwell Valley and would also destroy the historic Kidlington Gap including the North Oxford Golf Course. On a wider scale there was concern not only about Oxford extending in an urban sprawl from North Oxford to Kidlington but also about the coalescence of Kidlington with the villages of Begbroke and Yarnton. The 500 homes proposed for Woodstock were in addition to hundreds of other homes put forward in the West Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan and were considered to be damaging to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace.


HRARA joined forces with other members of Cherwell Development Watch Alliance - CDWA in June 2018 and since then the Alliance has actively opposed both the Cherwell and Oxford Local Plans. Our opposition has encompassed Oxford’s claimed unmet need, transport (including the planned closure of Sandy Lane), sustainability concerns and the preservation of the local areas of the Oxford Green Belt. We have also exposed the intention of the University, Christ Church College and Merton College to retain much of the affordable housing for their own use – something which is not stated in any of the hundreds of pages of the Cherwell Local Plan.


The current government, in its 2019 election manifesto, stated that it ‘would protect and enhance the Green Belt’. There certainly hasn’t been much sign of that happening in Oxfordshire.

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