|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.
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.