Port Meadow

  • Roger Dudman Woe

    The independent review of the Castle Mill flats planning fiasco.

    6 March 2014

    We shall probably never know why the University of Oxford changed the brief for the student housing on Roger Dudman Way from “creating a sense of place and community” to one that produced the structures that now dominate Port Meadow. The City Council commissioned an independent review following the outcry when local people finally became aware of the blocks being built. The review was published at the end of December. We had the small consolation of being included in the working party of three councillors and three community organisations appointed by the Council to oversee the review.

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  • Controversy, controversy!

    The Civic Society's first involvement in the Castle Mill flats row.

    12 April 2012

    Was anyone really aware of the visual impact of the colossal student residence development being built by the University of Oxford at Castle Mill in Roger Dudman Way alongside Port Meadow? Our photograph shows how the five storey blocks with aggressively profiled pitched roofs intrude on the Meadow. Our Vice Chair, on a walk led by the wild life trust BBOWT, starting from the Wolvercote car park well over a mile away from the development, described it as “a desecration of a much loved landscape."

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