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Radley Large Wood

Many of you will have seen that, following the death of Paddy Dockar-Drysdale, Radley Large Wood has been put up for sale. After several people expressed an interest in looking at ways to purchase the wood for the community a group of residents have set up a committee to examine this. We have approached the Woodlands Trust, and the Oxford Preservation Trust, amongst others, not only to see if they would be interested in purchasing the wood, but also if they would be interested in taking on the long-term management should we decide to set up a fundraising campaign.

Anyone interested in getting involved should e-mail us at friendsofradleybigwood@gmail.com.

In the meantime I would like to reassure people that the wood is not under any immediate threat. As ancient woodland (over 400 years old) it enjoys very strong protection from development under paragraph 175 of the National Planning Policy Framework. The only exception which can override that is a national infrastructure project, the threat of which locally disappeared with the cancellation of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

The access is also protected. The 50 year permissive path agreement signed by Radley Parish Council is enforceable against any subsequent owner. If I hadn’t been totally satisfied of that fact I would never have withdrawn my village green application.

Chris Henderson                                                                                                                                            June 2021

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