Sports Field William Morris Close Oxford Oxfordshire OX4 2SF

10 December 2016

Outline application with all matters reserved, seeking permission for 72 new affordable key worker dwellings, retention of and extension to existing parking area, together with private amenity space, access road, landscaping and new publicly accessible recreation space.

This application for the sports field, William Morris Close follows a series of applications all of which so far have been refused. This latest application is, as the applicants are well aware, not consistent with some of existing planning policies of the city council. However, the application seeks to make an innovative contribution to the desperate need for more and more affordable housing in the city. We think that it is worthy of serious consideration. In addition to providing some much needed housing it would bring back into positive use the “playing field” which has been unused for several years which, because of its poor access, is likely to remain unused as an active playing field. We ask that this matter be looked at with  a fresh mind to the practical possibilities of constructive development of this site.