Planning committee’s refusal to be applauded

.

.

First published in Letters

Recently you kindly published my concerns about a planning application for a large warehouse site to be determined at the Vale of White Horse District Council planning committee meeting of May 21.

As the Mail has subsequently reported, the planning committee refused approval by 10 to three votes, with one abstention, which is to be applauded.

The planning officer, who recommended approval, claimed that the decision was between the local economy or planning consideration. Since he recommended an approval overriding planning considerations, he must have done so on the basis of the local economy; but this does not bear scrutiny, as many of the planning committee members must have reasoned.

The question is, what is in the interests of the local economy? Is it a 3,000 employee warehouse site, the traffic from which will have severe negative consequences on the many businesses already close by the location and destined to grow? Is it the job opportunities, which will be mostly low-paid and relatively low-skilled, in an area with less than 1,000 registered unemployed and with a high to medium skill offering? Is it loss of jobs already accommodated at the site?

Surely this site, if appropriately developed, would offer far more added value to the local economy than poorly paid jobs, having to be largely filled by people from outside the area, who thereby will not be spending in the local economy?

It is time to move on from an ill-judged warehouse proposal and invite the landowners, Diageo, to come up with an idea that will provide good quality, well-paid jobs, consistent with the Vale’s development plans for high technology industry. Such a development will provide a continuity of employment for the upcoming generation, who will be able to move into the housing currently being planned locally, stay in the area and actually contribute to the local economy.

PAULINE WILSON

Milton Road

Sutton Courtenay

Today’s letters

Snobby city has to grow for 'ordinary' people

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Oxford needs to grow by quite a lot in size to inject some vitality into the local economy. At the moment it is stagnant.

Eradicating disease has effect on population

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

OXFORD laboratories seem to be at the forefront in the search for cures for some of the major diseases, including Ebola, and it’s said that, in time, we may be able to find cures for all of them.

PM can't negotiate with EU after wasting money

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

IT was surprising to see PM and Witney MP David Cameron get himself in a flap over the amount we owe the European Union.

Silent majority should have a voice over Botley

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

HAVING read and listened to so much negative comment about the West Way redevelopment scheme I feel I must voice an opinion for the silent majority.

Minister speaks up over 'bullying' by opposition to the West Way scheme

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

I am greatly concerned about the hype surrounding the redevelopment of the Botley shopping precinct.


Want to give your opinion? Email letters@oxfordmail.co.uk

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

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