Activists take Robert Jenrick to court to halt green belt house building

first_imgAn Oxfordshire environmental pressure group hopes its battle to block thousands of new homes on green belt will inspire other campaigners around the UK.Bioabundance Community Interest Company is challenging South Oxfordshire District Council and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, who it says are forcing through a damaging Local Development Plan – the first time a local plan has ever been challenged on the grounds of the climate and ecological crisis.The green light to build 23,550 homes by 2034 was given in a divided vote by the council in December; nine councillors who abstained said it was on the basis that, following “massive intervention” by Jenrick, the vote wasn’t a free vote, it was a choice between adopting the local plan or having it thrust upon them.The Lib Dem-Green coalition had tried to reverse the former conservative council’s plans for the area, however, Bioabundance says that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government put severe pressure on the council and threatened to withhold promised infrastructure funding if they didn’t adopt the local plan.Challenging the voteIt’s now challenging the vote, claiming that it was unlawful, that the planning inspector’s calculations were based on incorrect housing numbers and it also believes councillors didn’t pay enough attention to the effect of large housing numbers on climate change.Dr Sue Roberts, director of Bioabundance, says the local plan grossly over-provides for housing.“Space is allocated for over 30,000 homes, four times the number that can even be filled, according to data from the Office for National Statistics,” she says.“This pioneering action is our last chance to put our environment before housebuilder profit in South Oxfordshire.”www.bioabundance.org.uk hopes to raise £10,000 to cover its campaigning costs at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/southoxonlocalplan/Read more about the green belt battle. Dr Sue Roberts Bioabundance Community Interest Company Green belt January 27, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 27th January 2021 at 9:38 pmLets hope they win, its time for Jenricks ‘Teflon coat’ to be pierced.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Activists take Robert Jenrick to court to halt green belt house building previous nextLand & New HomesActivists take Robert Jenrick to court to halt green belt house buildingEnvironmental group fighting planning decision in Oxfordshire says it’s expecting go national with campaign.Nigel Lewis27th January 20211 Comment1,377 Viewslast_img read more