Secrecy over ‘garden city’ simply invites more concern

Secrecy over ‘garden city’ simply invites more concern

Secrecy over ‘garden city’ simply invites more concern

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THE claims by Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron that Oxfordshire is identified in a Government report as a site for a huge new “garden city” have drawn plenty of interest.

Worryingly, there has not been a lot of definitive comment from the Government. Mr Farron’s statement may be wide of the mark, as he has not apparently seen this report, but it will cause considerable concern nonetheless.

It would appear logical that if the county had been earmarked for the potential of a new town, it could well be the mooted 25,000-home development near Steventon and that will lead to worry in that part of the county.

But that’s sort of the point: nobody really knows. As an Oxfordshire MP and the man at the very top of Government, David Cameron could end the speculation once and for all and tell us if Mr Farron was correct or, as county council leader Ian Hudspeth said, is just “scare mongering”.

But so far, there has been a deafening silence from the Witney MP.

His counterpart in Wantage, Ed Vaizey, may well be correct that any plan for a garden city would stand as much chance as the derided proposal for an airport at the same site but, by saying nothing substantive, the Government effectively feeds suspicion that there may indeed be a secret plan.

Planning to significantly change the face of Oxfordshire will be damaging enough for the Government, but any whiff of secrecy will make it far worse.

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9:14am Tue 14 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

Vague references to 'Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire' suggest at least one site would be along the proposed HS2 route.

This would be logical from a number of points of view, but probably politically highly inconvenient to reveal at this sensitive stage.

The Steventon site may yet be needed for the long threatened reservoir, particularly if major development does take place in the upper Thames area.
Vague references to 'Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire' suggest at least one site would be along the proposed HS2 route. This would be logical from a number of points of view, but probably politically highly inconvenient to reveal at this sensitive stage. The Steventon site may yet be needed for the long threatened reservoir, particularly if major development does take place in the upper Thames area. Gunslinger
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1:04pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The prospect of 25,000 new homes in Oxfordshire "Scaremongering"?

Surely it'll bring joy to between 25,000 and 100,000 people who will have an opportunity to buy a new home of their own and help start a whole new community?

Not to forget up to 100,000 new readers of local newspapers in Oxfordshire...
The prospect of 25,000 new homes in Oxfordshire "Scaremongering"? Surely it'll bring joy to between 25,000 and 100,000 people who will have an opportunity to buy a new home of their own and help start a whole new community? Not to forget up to 100,000 new readers of local newspapers in Oxfordshire... Andrew:Oxford
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1:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
The prospect of 25,000 new homes in Oxfordshire "Scaremongering
"?

Surely it'll bring joy to between 25,000 and 100,000 people who will have an opportunity to buy a new home of their own and help start a whole new community?

Not to forget up to 100,000 new readers of local newspapers in Oxfordshire...
I image that there would have been support for a new garden city in Vale if the council hadn't already approved the applications 30,000 new homes already. So does the Vale need another 25,00 new homes on top of the 30,00 that have already been approved, I don't think so! We don't have the jobs, schools, roads and people to support the already approved 30,000.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: The prospect of 25,000 new homes in Oxfordshire "Scaremongering "? Surely it'll bring joy to between 25,000 and 100,000 people who will have an opportunity to buy a new home of their own and help start a whole new community? Not to forget up to 100,000 new readers of local newspapers in Oxfordshire...[/p][/quote]I image that there would have been support for a new garden city in Vale if the council hadn't already approved the applications 30,000 new homes already. So does the Vale need another 25,00 new homes on top of the 30,00 that have already been approved, I don't think so! We don't have the jobs, schools, roads and people to support the already approved 30,000. Richard of Wantage
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