College’s plan to fell trees is uprooted

College’s plan to fell trees is uprooted

College’s plan to fell trees is uprooted

First published in News

AN OXFORD college’s attempts to cut down two lime trees as part of a major development have been rejected by a Government planning inspector.

Lady Margaret Hall was given permission by Oxford City Council in 2007 to build 105 new study rooms at its Norham Gardens campus in North Oxford.

But a condition said a landscape plan had to be submitted “in the interests of visual amenity” before part of the site could be developed.

The landscape plan the college submitted, which involved replacing two lime trees near its main entrance with four beech trees, was rejected by city councillors and the case went to a Government planning inspector. Jeremy Sargent, who threw out the college appeal, said in his ruling that the limes “make a valued contribution to the conservation area’s treescape” and that “the geometric layout of the beech trees would be at odds with the more informal arrangement of the limes”.

The college has already started construction work. Bursar Bart Ashton said: “The building work won’t be completed until the second half of 2015, so I hope that we can agree a new landscape plan by then.”

  • Our top stories:

New: Get Oxford Mail news alerts sent direct to your phone via Whatsapp

Oxford Mail: Whats App logo

11:50am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

OXFORD Mail readers can now sign up to get major breaking news alerts sent direct to their mobile phones with a new service using Whatsapp.

Set for a battle of Blenheim over 1,500 homes plan

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS in Woodstock have vowed to “fight until the bitter end” against plans to build up to 1,500 homes east of the town.

Delays of up to 40 minutes on bus services across the county

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

STAGECOACH Oxfordshire has warned that passengers face delays of up to 40 minutes this morning.

Harassment cop sacked for gross misconduct

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A DETECTIVE has been sacked after harassing a member of police staff, the force said yesterday.

Fears as boat owners’ group claims new area of riverbank

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS say they are worried about another attempt by boat owners to grab land alongside waterways in the city.

Mum cleared of breaking baby daughter’s leg

Oxford Mail: The Horton General Hospital, Banbury

6:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A TEENAGER accused of breaking her baby daughter’s leg broke down in tears as she was cleared yesterday.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree