Engage Oxford - Our Campaign
Engage Oxford is a community group set up to oppose damaging development in North Oxford, such as the proposed 'Northern Gateway', a planned 100 acre office and retail park on greenfield and Green Belt land between Wolvercote and Pear Tree. We oppose it because of:
Local people were not consulted or informed about the plans and many still have little idea of what is happening. Some 42 local homes, green belt, common land and parts of a conservation area were originally zoned to be swallowed by the development.
The Northern Gateway will bring at least an extra 10,000 cars on to our already gridlocked roads. The area is already the worst congestion blackspot in the county and pollution is above legal limits.
Threat to Port Meadow
The edge of the planned development is less than 100 yards from the deiicate and protected area of Port Meadow, Wolvercote Common and Wolvercote Green. These is not just an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) but also an SAC (Special Area of Conservation), protected by International Treaty. Described as 'perhaps unique in the world in reflecting the influence of long-term grazing and hay-cutting on lowland hay meadows', they have been continually grazed and flooded for over 1,000 years and contain rare and threatened plants.
You can read more about objections to the Northern Gateway here
Engage Oxford is seeking to challenge the imposition of this scheme. We hope to seek a judicial review of the planning process and there are three things you can do to help and make a real difference:
- Join ENGAGE using the form below - its free! As a member you will be receive regular updates We will keep your personal information and your membership private.
- Write to local politicians - we've put together a page on how to do so
- Donate. We urgently need to fund a legal opinion on the legality of the process. You can find out how to do so here.