Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Homes England: Withdraw planning application

Homes England are proposing to build 3,000 houses on the airfield at Chalgrove. That will bring another nine or ten thousand people to the village which will totally dwarf the number of current residents. It will turn the quiet settlement into a town the size of Thame or Henley.

Now the Civil Aviation Authority have intervened and raised concerns this will have on the operation of the ejector seat manufacturer Martin-Baker, which currently operates on the airfield in the village. The authority said: “Our recommendation is to discontinue development aspirations at Chalgrove Airfield.”

The local Lib Dem campaigner, Freddie Van Mierlo, thinks the people of Chalgrove deserve better, adding: “The Lib Dem council voted to withdraw this Conservative Local Plan, but they were over-ruled by the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick. He should never have done this because it is not a suitable site for development.’

Following the recommendation by the Civil Aviation Authority that development plans for Chalgrove airfield should be discontinued, we request that Homes England withdraw the planning application made in July 2020.

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