Groups claim plan victory

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Oxfordshire has welcomed the government's concession to review its plans for homes on green belt land.

The campaign group believes that the secretary of state's admission will cause the plans for a 4,000-home extension on the edge of Oxford south of Grenoble Road to collapse.

"CPRE has argued that the best strategy is to use city land to solve its housing pressures not to build shops and offices that will pull in more people," said Thame district chairman Michael Tyce.

Guildford Borough Council had also objected to the plan's requirements for 2,000 homes to be built on green belt land to the north- east of Guildford.

The council's lead member for environment Jenny Wicks confirmed that the Treasury solicitor said the secretary of state intends to submit to judgement on the basis that the sustainability appraisal failed to consider reasonable alternatives.

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