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Barton West plan has no regard for natural world
10:00am Monday 10th September 2012 in Letters
What an abysmal failure to recognise the need to preserve the Green Belt and countryside by Sue Holden in her letter (Viewpoints, August 27).
She fails to comprehend that however many homes are constructed, there will still be people waiting to be housed in a world with finite space. Nature should be given top priority and be preserved.
While mentioning she has lived in Barton for 40 years, has family there and continues to work there daily, this cannot hide the fact she writes as an outsider, being based in Sandhills.
The power of Barton Community Association is being wrongfully abused by Sue Holden by making it a mouthpiece for commercial interests.
Alongside the weird so-called philosophy of Michael Crofton-Briggs, head of city development, who hopes he can replace the totality of nature with a country-style urban expansion while ignoring needed nature protection, in conjunction with Nicholas Falk, urban design consultant, their fake environmentalism is very odd.
Sue Holden mentions schooling but ignores the right-thinking idea that a system of education should teach respect for the countryside, obviously not envisaged in the nature destructive Barton West development plan.
As regards building housing, Government planning inspector Dr Shelagh Bussey (July 18) casts doubt on having it constructed next to the A40 and states: “If things do not pan out as the [city] council plans, there will be difficulty in approving planning applications.”
Indeed, the Barton West project is very unwise and insanely arrogant. It should be thrown out without a second thought, with its unnatural cars, factory-mania and obscenely enthusiastic ethos of destroying nature.
DAVID SCOTT Bayswater Road Barton Headington
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