Langford Litter Pick 4th October

A litter pick organised by Councillor Melanie Magee is being held on Saturday 4th October, meeting at the Community Hall in Nightingale Place at 10.00.

Please come along if you can, and bring the whole family to join in. Refreshments will be provided afterwards at the Community Hall, courtesy of the LVCA.

Objections to CDC Local Plan modifications

Bicester 12.psdUPDATE: 28th September 2014

John Broad (see also previous guide to the CDC Local Plan, below) has additionally examined the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and has identified points that can be used to challenge the legality of the revised Local Plan with regard to areas Bicester 12 & 13. See here for full details.

The NPPF sets out planning policies for England, and local planning authorities must ensure that their plans are compliant with this document.

UPDATE: 25th September 2014

An e-petition has been created by Pat Clissold to challenge the proposed developments at SE Bicester (Bicester 12) and Gavray Drive (Bicester 13). This can be viewed and signed at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/69041 .

UPDATE: 24th September 2014

Former LVCA committee member John Broad has compiled a comprehensive guide covering aspects of the modified CDC Local Plan that impact on Langford residents, identifying specific proposals that seem questionable, and providing guidance on the means of raising objections to these ahead of the forthcoming planning inquiry in December. See here for full details.

“I’ve attached a copy of my thoughts for residents to pick the bones out of. Of necessity I have kept it rather rambling as this means, hopefully, people will be able to pick out parts that they can include in their responses to the revised Local Plan in their own words. They can try to use the CDC official form or, probably easier, write a letter or email. As I’ve said, they must include their name and address and get them in before 5pm on Friday 3rd October.”  John Broad

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: 22nd September 2014

At the LVCA AGM on 17th September, Pat Clissold gave an update on Cherwell District Council’s proposals for development of the Gavray Drive meadows plus the large area of agricultural land to the SE of Langford Village.

These two areas adjacent to Langford are covered in the latest modifications to CDC’s Local Plan, which is now subject to consultation (see previous article “Gavray and SE Bicester developments” below).

To view the new proposals, visit http://www.cherwell.gov.uk/localplanexamination and download the two “Proposed Main Modifications” PDF files (alternatively, download here & here). Part 1 contains full details of the changes, while Part 2 shows maps of the affected areas, including “Bicester 12” (SE development) and “Bicester 13” (Gavray Drive).

Further details for “Bicester 12” and “Bicester 13” are covered in the Part 1 document from pages 79 to 87. Objections to these proposals can only be made in respect of the modifications, which are shown in blue type. Grounds for objections are limited, and the best options (which relate to “Bicester 12”) are probably as follows :

1.  Objection to the large increase in size of the development area from 40 hectares to 155 hectares.
2.  Objection to the expansion which extends to the railway line and thus blocks the wildlife corridor between the Local Wildlife Site Gavray 52W01 and the River Ray Conservation Target Area. This encroachment will lead to the decline and demise of wildlife.
3.  Objection that the character of the footpaths has not been respected. The prospect of a pleasurable country walk is replaced by passage through a housing estate.

For those interested in voicing objections, the “Representation Form” required to submit these to Cherwell District Council can be downloaded from the Local Plan Examination page link above. “Representations Guidance Notes” are also available here. When filling in this form, enter “Mod 88 / Page 128/129” at the beginning of “Part B” of the form to identify the proposed modification (Bicester 12). The deadline for comments is 3rd October 2014.

Planning practice guidance, setting out how Government planning policies for England should be applied, can be viewed at the National Planning Policy Framework website.

Langford Community Orchard

Orchard 1APPLE DAY is being held at Langford Community Orchard (opposite the footpath by Dunlin Court, Bicester, OX26 6WQ) on Sunday 28th September, from 2.00-4.00pm. Free entry.

Refreshments will be available, and there is also a treasure hunt, apple press, apple bobbing and produce table (donate/swap your surplus fruit & veg), plus arts & crafts.

A scarecrow competition is being held – design and build your own scarecrow and bring along to Apple Day for a chance to win a prize.