County council will not back new homes without new school

Oxfordshire County Council has said it will not be able to back future housing developments in Oxford if The Swan School is not built.

The county council made the statement in a letter to the city council. The story is in the Oxford Mail and can be read here.

It follows the decision last month by the city council’s East Area Planning Committee to reject our plans to build on land in Marston, against the advice of officers.

That decision has been called in to the city’s Planning Review Committee and will be looked at again on 15th October.

Ahead of that meeting, the county has told the city council that the shortage of school places that would result from a failure to build a new secondary would mean it would have to object to all planned major housing schemes.

This is, the county council has said, because the shortfall in school places would mean the city did not have the infrastructure to support the new homes.

The county said it would start by objecting to the planned development near Wolvercote Roundabout known as Oxford North, which is currently out for consultation.

The letter can be read below.