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

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:

Rising cost of delayed tower blocks revamp will top £20m

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 29th May 2015

A MULTI-million pound project to refurbish Oxford’s five tower blocks could be delayed by almost a year.

Oxford University is set to appoint its first female vice-chancellor

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

THE first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University has been nominated by committee members and could take up her post next January.

50 bales of hay on fire in field by Tower Hill, Witney

Oxford Mail:

6:32pm Friday 29th May 2015

AT LEAST 50 bales of hay are on fire in a field by Tower Hill, Witney.

Video: Andrew Main sectioned after admitting South Oxfordshire council fire earlier this year

Oxford Mail:

4:16pm Friday 29th May 2015

ANDREW Main has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after admitting starting a number of fires in South Oxfordshire in January.

Pensioner pulled from Rose Hill house fire and treated by paramedics

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

5:51pm Friday 29th May 2015

A PENSIONER was pulled from a house fire in Rose Hill this morning.

Martin Nganga guilty of arson after setting fire to Blackbird Leys house

Oxford Mail:

2:27pm Friday 29th May 2015

A businessman has been found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life after setting fire to a house in Blackbird Leys.

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