Stonesfield ~ Oxfordshire
Historic Cotswold Village

Sustainable Stonesfield

Housing Development group rebranding as Sustainable Stonesfield to help preserve the character and beauty of the Village

David Lines has announced today that the informal housing development working party has decided to take on the name of Sustainable Stonesfield, to better describe its objective of “trying to retain the character and beauty of our village for the people who live here now and for those who will live here in the future.”
The group argues that development plans must include improvements to local infrastructure; that sufficient affordable houses are built in the village for young people and families; to protect an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); and the District Council’s duty to consult effectively with local residents when drawing up plans for development.

Public meetings in March
A public meeting is to be held by Sustainable Stonesfield at 7.30 pm on Monday 27 March at the village hall to listen local views.
In addition, Cala Homes is hosting a drop-in meeting on Monday 20 March, also in the Village Hall, 4 – 8 pm to show its plans to build 50 houses one one site in Stonesfield.


Sustainable Stonesfield's July Swap Shop featured by United Sustainable Energy Agency

"Overall, over three quarters of a tonne of items were taken (compared to around half a tonne at their first SwapShop) by 120 people attending. A huge thanks to all who attended, and especially the team of people from SUSTO who worked so hard to make this happen."


Sustainable Stonesfield launched with gusto at the Village Hall

Twenty-two people attended the first meeting of SUSTO at the Village Hall last night, including representatives of diverse local groups and a cross-section of local residents, several actually workingin the sustainability sector.

Guests included Peter Lefort - Project Officer for Oxfordshire Community Action Group, and Colin Carritt of Sustainable Woodstock.

The meeting kicked off with a, rather US-centric, film The Story of Stuff, but the discussion led by Ros Hughes, was determinedly local.

Encouraging things happening already included news of a biomass boiler planned for the school, and locally produced food is to be delivered by Callow Farm...

A full write up is promised by Ros Hughes, but the draft group aim was presented as:

The Community Action Group known as Sustainable Stonesfield (SUSTO) aims to raise awareness of the effects of Climate Change, to support and promote Community action and education that addresses these effects with sustainable solutions and, by sharing information and activities with similar Groups, to create a sustainable future.

The next meeting is set for 6 September, at 7:30pm in the White Horse to discuss actions, with one of the first planned events likely to be a Swap Shop.

Sustainable Stonesfield Launch Meeting Monday 1 August at the Village Hall

Sustainable Stonesfield will be having its first public meeting on Monday 1 August at the Village Hall, starting at 7pm.

Posters have just been posted round the village like this one!