POLICE have raised concerns about plans to build 38 flats and houses in Cowley on the site of the former Murco petrol station.

Ian Carmichael, crime prevention design advisor for Thames Valley Police, said while the force did not object to the project several features could prove 'problematic' for crime prevention, including keeping a path from Between Towns Road to St Omer Road.

In an online comment on Oxford City Council's planning portal, he wrote: "I am of the opinion that any route in this location may generate crime and/or anti-social behaviour."

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Concerns have previously been raised over the safety of the path by councillors and residents.

Other objections to the plan come from those on nearby streets and include fears it will lead to a 'flood of vehicles' in the area as there is no parking spaces with the application, as well as opposition to the scale of development - in particular the proposed five-storey flat block.

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A decision on the application is expected by March 15.

Public consultation ended on Sunday but all comments and the full plans are available via oxford.gov.uk.