WODC think it’s a landscape worth preserving, so why are they backing the development?

 

The landscape and its views are enjoyed by many local residents who use the network of footpaths through it. In fact, WODC’s own report* highlighted their importance.

 

"....a major peripheral road would be out of keeping with the local landscape character and would be visually intrusive…" (the proposed development would include a major perimeter road)

 

"…. farmland and farmsteads carved out of the old Wychwood Forest has been identified as having high landscape sensitivity and high local and district importance…"

 

The developer is also proposing building six reservoirs, each the size of a football pitch, with a total volume of water of 63,000 cubic metres, the equivalent of 25 Olympic sized swimming pools.

 

*See the Links section to read the Kirkham Landscape report commisioned by WODC