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.
Sat21Mar20159:00 amWallingford Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EGSolar Roadshow at Wallingford Town HallSaturday 21st March, 9am to 3pm.If you have ever wanted to know about solar renewables, find out how solar power benefits the environment and your bank balance, or been confused by the technical jargon of RHI, FiT and PV, then this is the event for you.In April 2014 the Government launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to promote the use of renewable heat. Owners of systems receive payments under the RHI scheme, but, unlike the FiT scheme, payments are compressed into a seven year window, thereby reducing the period over which payback is achieved.
Sims Solar from Wallingford is hosting the Solar Roadshow so that more people will be aware of the different installation schemes. There is no pressure to sign up, just go along and ask questions to find out more about solar renewables. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the event.
Fri24Apr20157:30 amWallingford Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG
Tue17May20167:30 pmWallingford Town HallSOS, together with Sustainable Wallingford and the Need Not Greed campaign, are sponsoring a public meeting in Wallingford Town Hall on Tuesday, 17 May at 7.30. This is part of a wider effort to alert people across the county to the need to respond to current Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) consultations on the SEP REFRESH strategy, which threatens to overwhelm us with 100,00o new homes, 85,000 new jobs - and a new Didcot every two years.if it goes through there will be increased pressure for new housing in many, if not most, of our towns and villages, as well as large scale potential environmental damage and serious potential increases both in air pollution and in greenhouse gas emissions.PLEASE HELP US PUBLICISE - PRINT OUT AND FIND PLACES TO DISPLAY THE ATTACHED POSTER:PLEASE COME YOURSELVES. PLEASE RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONNAIREPLEASE ENCOURAGE ANYONE ELSE YOU TALK TO DO SO TOO (DEADLINE, 20 MAY)
For suggestions on how to respond and further details please go to the Need Not Greed website
Wed03Oct20187:00 pmGlebe House, Reading Rd, Wallingford OX10 9DTThe next meeting of SOS is on Wednesday, 3rd October and we shall focus on Air Pollution.Caroline Newton, SODC Cabinet Member for the Environment, will be attending. We will discuss how the District Council can work with sustainability groups in the market towns.Please arrive at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. We follow the meeting with a shared supper, so please bring a plate and a bottle. (NB Personally, I am vegan). The venue is our home: Glebe House, Reading Rd, Wallingford OX10 9DT (directions and parking information).Here are the minutes from our last meeting (which are quite interesting).Agenda to follow - nearer the date.
Contact for SOS Planning:
Sue Roberts : firstname.lastname@example.org