Probably the greatest immediate challenge facing SOS is planning. Can our county, and district, realistically hope to absorb the over 100,000 new homes recently proposed for Oxfordshire and yet maintain a high level of sustainability and design? We have sent SODC detailed suggestions for strengthening the planning system and feed our ideas into leading members of SODC Planning Committee, as well as Wallingford and Henley Town Councils. We see the proposed large scale (1100 new homes) new housing development for Wallingford as a vital testing ground of what might be achieved if the local community works closely with SODC and the developers. We have involved local school children, and are part of the SODC FOcus Group designed to involve local people in consultation as the plans evolve.
We believe strongly in the need, both for ourselves in local green groups and more widely for the local community, to learn from the example of the best designed and most sustainable housing schemes elsewhere. We therefore commissioned a study in this area from Oxford University students.
A packed public meeting in Wallingford Town Hall on 6 June 2014 heard two leading experts talk at the cutting edge of new housing design and sustainability give their views how Wallingford’s proposed new housing might develop. Paul Black, who has worked closely with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust on their exciting new eco-development at Derwenthorpe (just outside York) – and lives there – made the following presentation with slides:
Derwenthorpe Details for Sustainable Wallingford
Opinder Liddar, local green architect, spoke (again with slides) of how principles of sustainable design might be applied on the site. His presentation is available here:
Follow up Wallingford
A number of people signed up to work with Sustainable Wallingford and South Oxfordshire Sustainability, SODC and the developers to help make these aspirations a reality. Anyone else who would like to be actively involved should contact John Gordon at email@example.com.
Fri06Jun20147:30 pmWallingford Town Hall
Slade End Farm - 550 new homes for Wallingford
(Outline planning application imminent)
Can we make them homes to be proud of?
Come and find out how you can help make sure these new homes in our town are a BEACON NOT A BLIGHT.
- Homes that are good to live in
- A welcome extension to our community
- Imaginative design and layout - not one more "clone town" estate
- Energy efficient buildings
- Showcasing the best of tomorrow's homes
- Low environmental impact
Elizabeth Gillespie - SODC Planning Committee
Paul Black - Derwenthorpe Eco-Development, York
Opinder Liddar - Green Architect, Wallingford
Chair: John Gordon, Sustainable Wallingford
District and town councillors invited
Thu17Jul20147:00 pmCentre 70, Wallingford
Discussion on issues of design and sustainability of Wallingford new housing. Possible discussion also of wider issues of housing numbers in South Oxfordshire.
Contact for SOS Planning:
Sue Roberts : firstname.lastname@example.org