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Housing plan ‘goes against Olympic legacy’
9:30am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
Oxford City Council has been accused of ignoring the Olympic legacy by earmarking a large number of playing fields for development.
At yesterday’s hearing into the city council’s sites and housing plan, which sets aside 65 sites across Oxford for development, concern was raised about the loss of green spaces.
Speaking about the possibility of the Oxford University Press Sports Ground being developed, Angela Goff of Wolvercote Commoners, said: “It is contrary to the government’s support of the aims of the recent London 2012 Olympic Games – to inspire a generation.
“Opportunities to secure a replacement are very limited in Oxford and it is used almost on a daily basis.”
The sports ground at Jordan Hill, North Oxford, is earmarked for residential development and public open space.
Oxford University, which owns the site, said a small amount of OUP staff still used the ground and public use was “no longer viable”.
Barton Road Cricket Ground was another site which was considered yesterday by the planning inspector.
Speaking on behalf of Oxford City Council, Sarah Harrison said: “Our overall approach to green space has been to allocate it where it would bring benefits.”
Jesus College Sports Ground, Lincoln College Sports Ground and Rover Sports and Social Club will be considered today, as well as Temple Cowley Pools .
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