The new Community Interest Company, Bioabundance, is waiting to hear whether their application for statutory review (Judicial Review) of the SODC Local Plan 2035 (SOLP2035) will be accepted by the High Court. The company claimed three main grounds:
- The unlawful pressure put on councillors to adopt the local plan in December 2020;
- technical errors in calculating the plan’s housing numbers which overstated housing requirement;
- the impact of housing overprovision on climate change.
Bioabundance fundraising is going well but they have still to reach their target of £35,000. Please visit their crowdjustice site: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/southoxonlocalplan
Bioabundance now has 70 members including six or so Parish Councils. Please read more about Bioabundance and its very positive aims and actions at www.bioabundance.org.uk or here for all their online platforms: https://linktr.ee/bioabundance.cic
Good news from Cherwell campaigners
In the meantime, Cherwell campaigners, Cherwell Development Watch Alliance, who launched their own Judicial Review of the Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review, which proposes 4400 houses on Green Belt. They filed back in October 2020 and heard just in mid-February that Judge, the Hon. Mrs Justice Lang has granted a full High Court hearing. Cherwell Council and Robert Jenrick, together with 4 landowners will have to defend: Council plan to build on green belt challenged in High Court | Oxford Mail
Although this is no indication of the final outcome, it bodes well for acceptance of the Bioabundance challenge to SODC’s Local Plan. Both challenge the number of houses for Oxford City and on Green Belt.
Oxford-Cambridge Expressway cancelled (official)
And more good news: A huge win today (18 March) for the various No Expressway groups as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (18 March 2021) announced the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge (Ox-Cam) expressway, after analysis confirmed the proposed project was not cost-effective.
The Government still has massive aims for what it terms the ‘Oxford-Cambridge Arc, home to cutting-edge research, globally renowned science and technology clusters and some of the most productive places in the country’.
If anyone has the stamina to read more, check out this document: Planning for sustainable growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc (publishing.service.gov.uk)