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Removal of land from Green Belt status in Wootton

Whilst East Wootton has been deleted from the Vale of White Horse District Council’s Local Plan the issue now is the proposed changes to the Green Belt which would open up the possibility of large developments in Wootton. 

The link below shows clearly where they are and they include two areas which were considered in the earlier version of the Local Plan and deemed not suitable, one due to the MoD airfield approach and one due to the undesirability of developing Green Belt land behind Wootton Village.  The land in East Wootton appears to be included (which was the previous first choice by the VWHDC) although there is a comment about retaining the view to Boars Hill.  

The selected choice of removing land from the Green Belt would appear to infill the built up area within Wootton but we anticipate strong opposition from residents.  Once areas have been removed from the Green Belt there is nothing to stop landowners/developers from submitting planning applications outside the Local Plan which would have a good chance of success.

The location of three land parcels on the edge of Wootton which are at risk of being removed from the Green Belt can be found in the Green Belt Review Phase 3 Report by downloading this link.

CPRE (The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) is organising a public meeting on 2nd December, at 19:30, at the Long Furlong Community Centre, in Abingdon, to discuss the threats to the Green Belt in the Vale’s Local Plan (including those sites that have been identified for removal from the Green Belt in Wootton).  A flyer of the event can be found here.  We advise all interested residents to attend.