Cherwell District Council statement with regards proposed extension of the existing…

The statement reads as follows:

Published: Thursday, 25th June 2020

“The planning committee’s decision to support the recommendation, refusing permission for the extension of existing sports facilities on Akeman Street, Chesterton, is consistent with previous decisions taken for development in this area and previous planning applications on this site. The site has no access via public transport and poor walking and cycling routes which would not reduce the need to travel by car, making it an inappropriate location for such facilities. This is in line with a similar decision made in relation to the proposed Great Wolf development planned for Akeman Street, which was also rejected partly due to the accessibility of the location. The committee also considered the development would be out of character for the rural area."

The proposals to expand the Akeman Street facilities were put forward as a replacement to the existing sports ground at Oxford Road in Bicester, which has already been sold by Bicester Sports Association in a private transaction. Cherwell District Council is aware that clubs are being asked to vacate the Oxford Road sports ground by spring 2021 and the council’s communities and healthy place shaping teams are engaged with them to help find a suitable alternative.”