Stonesfield ~ Oxfordshire
Historic Cotswold Village

Sustainable Stonesfield

Work stops at Charity Farm and Local Plan hearings commence

We have received reports that work has stopped on the Charity Farm site, presumably a response to the downturn in the housing market. We are also monitoring new planning applications and have not seen one yet from Cala Homes for the Woodstock Rd site. Perhaps that is delayed for the same reason?

In The Slate you will have seen that we aim to provide support to help people respond to planning applications by providing model answers. That work is well advanced but we have not yet placed them on the web site as we plan to tailor them to specific applications.

The downturn in the housing market gives us a breathing space to prepare for the Local Plan hearings, the first of which is the 9th May. But we are very conscious that this is just a delay, not a change of heart. The overall threat to our village from over development remains and Sustainable Stonesfield remains on the case.

The local elections take place this week and the General Election on the 8th June. We have been talking to local politicians and Need Not Greed Oxfordshire have interviewed all of the major party leaders in the County Council. We will be publishing more details on their views shortly.

We encourage you to study the publicity material put out by the parties locally and if the opportunity arises challenge candidates on the Government’s housing policy (NPPF) and to declare their views on the level of housing planned for Stonesfield.