PAGE attended the OCC cabinet meeting on the 28th January 2014 and were allowed 2 minutes to present objections to the draft strategy document being presented to cabinet. The full details of our objections and our course of action will be published once we have had the opportunity to consider our position in detail. However, in essence the outcome of the meeting was that our objections were largely rejected, the OCC document was approved and will now move to public consultation
Adopting the new core strategy document means that OCC is now committed to a completely new and large search area of Thames Valley (Oxford to Goring Gap) instead of the specific areas proposed in the original plan which had excluded PAGE areas. Thus, the PAGE area is back in the frame. The division of supply/extraction between West and South Oxfordshire is a matter of concern to PAGE. This split should reflect active sites, reserves, infrastructure in relation to housing forecasts as well as the extraction rates over the last few years.
The PAGE steering committee top priority remains to defend the PAGE area with the goal of removing our sites from the Thames Valley area of search.