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Last chance to comment or object to the 2nd phase of the PYE Homes development

Today - Thursday 10th August is the last chance to comment or object to the PYE HOMES PHASE 2 South of William Buckland Way (Charity Farm)

See previous posts for complete details on how to make your views known.


We have received the Landscape Assessment for the CALA Homes development on the Woodstock Rd.  You can read the assessment in its entirety by following this link Landscape Assessment Woodstock Road

A summary of the report is set out below:

The development is unacceptable and the application should be refused because: 

The proposals represent an incongruous, unnatural urbanisation of the countryside to the east of Stonesfield and there will be significant, irreversible changes and detrimental impact to the character and visual qualities of the AONB and the landscape.

The proposals fail to comply with national planning policy and West Oxfordshire's own policies designed to protect the countryside and the towns and villages within it.

The application fails to show the full extent of the visual impact of the development on the surrounding area. 

We will be submitting this report to West Oxfordshire's Planning Department as it offers overwhelming professionally based evidence in favour of refusing planning permission.

Your support is key

We cannot afford this level of professional input without your financial support.  We would like to commission a similar report for the second phase of the PYE Homes development, south of William Buckland Way.  If you have not contributed so far, please consider doing so now and join the many people who have already invested in our village now and for the future.   

How to make donations

Donations can be made using the Friends of Evenlode Valley’s 'MyDonate' page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofevenlodevalleyandwestoxfordshirecotswolds

When making donations please complete the Gift Aid section of the donations form if you are a UK tax payer.

In the Personalise Your Donation section please write SUSTO. This will enable us to earmark your donation specifically for Stonesfield projects.

PYE HOMES PHASE 2 South of William Buckland Way (Charity Farm)

Over 60 people objected to the Empire Homes development of 17 houses on Farley Lane.

Over 200 people objected to the CALA Homes development of 68 houses north of Woodstock Road.

Now we're asking you to comment or object again.

PYE homes, the developer for Charity Farm, want to build a second 'Phase' of 18 houses in addition to the 37 that are already being built. This might not seem to be many more houses, but the houses are creeping down the valley side and if this goes ahead there will be a Phase 3 – and another 60 houses, perhaps115 in total.

This is creeping development that must be stopped, that's why we need to you to write to WODC again.

You can see the full planning application on WODC's planning website, search for reference number 17/01966/FUL land south of William Buckland Way (the name of the road through the development).

How to comment or object

You can comment or object in several ways, so please choose the option you feel most comfortable with.

1.   You can write a letter to West Oxfordshire District Council and: 

post it to Head of Planning and Sustainable Communities, West Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB or

email it to: planning@westoxon.gov.uk

hand deliver it to West Oxfordshire District Council at any of the following addresses:

- Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB

- Woodgreen - Council Offices, New Yatt Road, Witney, OX28 1NB

- Town Centre Shop - 3 Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JH or

2. Use the West Oxfordshire online Public Access system via this link https://publicaccess.westoxon.gov.uk/online-applic...

WODC must receive your comment or objection by Thursday 10 August.

What shall I say?

In the 'Reference Documents' section of this web site we have provided a model letter which could be used.

Model comment or objection letter

It can be copied and pasted directly into the ‘Your Comment’ box on the West Oxfordshire Planning web site ‘Make a Comment’ page, as it falls within the 6000 character limit.

Within the model letter we have listed all of the relevant reasons to comment or object upon. You can use the model letter in its entirety or edit it to fit the issues which concern you. If prefer to use your own words these two documents might help you do that.

Please forward this email to friends and neighbours and get them to comment and object too.

A 'Fighting Fund' to protect our village!

Thank you so much to everybody who attended our meeting on 10 July – over 60 residents. Notice was short and Wimbledon in full flood, powerful deterrents to keep people at home! We hope we explained well, that to challenge the CALA planning application effectively we need a step change in our approach. Our leaflets, posters and letters have had a great impact but if we are to deal on equal terms with the planners and developers we need to commission professional support: a Landscape Assessment and a barrister’s opinion on the likely success of a Judicial Review, should permission be granted. We explained that we now have to build a ‘Fighting Fund’ to pay for this. We are collaborating with Friends of Evenlode Valley, a charity based in Charlbury established to fight similar developments in the Cotswold AONB. They have a process for collecting donations that we will use to finance the work.

Since our meeting on Monday the Parish Council has agreed to make a significant contribution to these costs. SPC and Sustainable Stonesfield have a common aim to protect the village against the developers.

How much each of us is prepared to contribute is of course a personal decision. You can be sure that every donation, whatever its size, will be put to very good use. To help people determine what they might contribute, we estimate that if each household that signed up to receive Sustainable Stonesfield’s e-mails donated £40, we will have created a Fighting Fund sufficient for this stage. This is less than we indicated, because of SPC’s contribution.

How to make donations

Donations can be made using the Friends of Evenlode Valley’s 'MyDonate' page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofevenlodevalleyandwestoxfordshirecotswolds

When making donations please complete the Gift Aid section of the donations form if you are a UK tax payer.

In the Personalise Your Donation section please write SUSTO. This will enable us to earmark your donation specifically for Stonesfieldprojects.

Not everybody was able to make the meeting, so please take every opportunity to mention the CALAmity Campaign to your friends and neighbours, why funds are needed now and how they can donate. Thank you very much for all your support. Richard Morris on behalf of Sustainable Stonesfield

Meeting in the Village Hall at 8.00pm Monday 10 July!

Please come to a meeting of Sustainable Stonesfield on Monday 10 July in the Village Hall– yes, next Monday. Apologies for the short notice. It’s really important that as many people as possible come to hear what our next steps are. What is the meeting for? Over 200 people have written to object to the CALA Homes Development on the Woodstock Rd. Thank you to everyone who wrote. This is a brilliant result and sends a clear message to WODC planners that these developments are not wanted in our village.

However, this is not the end of the campaign. We believe that a professional ‘Landscape Assessment’ is required to support our case that planning permission should be refused.

We also need to be prepared in case planning permission is granted, in which case the only remaining option open to us is to apply for a ‘Judicial Review’. The first step in that process is to obtain a formal ‘Legal Opinion’, which will assess our chances of securing a successful Judicial Review of any planning decision.

At our meeting we want to explain a Landscape Assessment and Legal Opinion in detail, answer the questions you will have and seek your support to implement them.

These actions will incur costs, so we want to explain what those costs will be and seek your support and ideas to raise money for a fighting fund.

Friends of Evenlode Valley (FOEV)

We have been consulting with FOEV, a charitable company based in Charlbury, set up to fight inappropriate development in the West Oxfordshire Cotswolds (https://www.friendsofevenlodevalley.co.uk).

FOEV have successfully opposed planning applications in Charlbury and Finstock. By threatening a judicial review against a Charlbury development, they have caused WODC to refer a planning decision back to the planning committee. They are providing a great deal of useful advice and significant support to help Sustainable Stonesfield put up an effective defence of our village.

Jim Clemence from FOEV will attend our meeting on Monday so he can share FOEV’s experience with us.

Campaign feedback

Finally, we ask for your feedback. How would you like us to improve communications with you? How would you like to be more involved?

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 10 July at 8.00pm.

Many thanks Sustainable Stonesfield
If you want to write to us, please use our new email address: sustainable.stonesfield@gmail.com
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