An area of countryside bigger than Birmingham could be lost if one million homes planned between Oxford and Cambridge are built, a pressure group has claimed.
The Government wants to build the new homes to accommodate new residents in the ‘Oxford-Cambridge arc’ before 2050 to boost economic growth.
But the Campaign to Protect Rural England said the move could ‘change the face of England’s countryside forever’ – when no one has been able to object at the ballot box.
The National Infrastructure Commission, an advisory body to the Government, has already said the one million homes should be built by the middle of the century. That would be supplemented with other improvements, including the controversial Oxford-Cambridge expressway.
Paul Miner, CPRE’s head of strategic plans and devolution said: “If given the green light, this development will change the face of England’s countryside forever. Yet no formal assessment of the environmental impact it will have has taken place. Whilst there will be a need for genuine affordable housing to meet local need in the area, the scale of these proposals is completely unacceptable.”