© 2021Friends of Boars Hill
Friends of Boars Hill Preserving and enhancing our heritage

Welcome

Friends of Boars Hill was formed in 2017 to coordinate opinion and pool

resources in responding to threats to our community

We are a group of local residents, committed to nurturing and growing this hallowed spot in Oxfordshire, today and for future generations to enjoy. We value Boars Hill for its heritage, peacefulness, beauty, and open rural countryside. We are a vibrant community, open to change but keen to retain the character of the area. Our focus now is on the planning proposals being considered at Foxcombe Hall, (the previous Open University and Ripon Hall theological site). We think development should show sympathy and real understanding of the Boars Hill settlement and the local Green Belt environment. Boars Hill residents have for long had to stand up for the Green Belt and the contribution that Boars Hill makes to the Oxford scene. For example, we successfully resisted a dramatic expansion of the Open University at Foxcombe Hall in 1990’s and more recently prevented Richmond Homes from building a mega retirement village overlooking the Old Golf Course. We have not been alone. In particular, the Oxford Preservation Trust, with its goal to guide development and ensure that Oxford’s rural setting is maintained for all to enjoy has made a significant contribution in the preservation of notable green assets such as the Old Golf Course. But recently, Peking University HSBC Business School has purchased Foxcombe Hall and its grounds. They aim to develop the site extensively, exploiting the Oxford name, by creating a significant commercial venture n the heart of our settlement which challenges the character of Boars Hill. We believe we must be proactive to protect our unique local environment and its setting in the Green Belt. Not only for now, but for the future, as those before have done for us. Our aim above all, is for Boars Hill to remain a tranquil and rural Oxford community.
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Latest News March 2022: The decision target date has now passed but there is no news on the application web page The change of use remains an unnecessary intensification inappropriate to the Green Belt; the development leads to unsustainable levels of traffic; there has been no consultation on the change of use; and there are no ‘very special circumstances’ of any merit to outweigh the inappropriate Green Belt development. For more explanation of our concerns, please see our checklist of planning points here.
© 2021 Friends of Boars Hill
Friends of Boars Hill Preserving and enhancing our heritage

Welcome

Friends of Boars Hill was formed in 2017 to

coordinate opinion and pool resources in

responding to threats to our community

We are a group of local residents, committed to nurturing and growing this hallowed spot in Oxfordshire, today and for future generations to enjoy. We value Boars Hill for its heritage, peacefulness, beauty, and open rural countryside. We are a vibrant community, open to change but keen to retain the character of the area. Our focus now is on the planning proposals being considered at Foxcombe Hall, (the previous Open University and Ripon Hall theological site). We think development should show sympathy and real understanding of the Boars Hill settlement and the local Green Belt environment. Boars Hill residents have for long had to stand up for the Green Belt and the contribution that Boars Hill makes to the Oxford scene. For example, we successfully resisted a dramatic expansion of the Open University at Foxcombe Hall in 1990’s and more recently prevented Richmond Homes from building a mega retirement village overlooking the Old Golf Course. We have not been alone. In particular, the Oxford Preservation Trust, with its goal to guide development and ensure that Oxford’s rural setting is maintained for all to enjoy has made a significant contribution in the preservation of notable green assets such as the Old Golf Course. But recently, Peking University HSBC Business School has purchased Foxcombe Hall and its grounds. They aim to develop the site extensively, exploiting the Oxford name, by creating a significant commercial venture n the heart of our settlement which challenges the character of Boars Hill. We believe we must be proactive to protect our unique local environment and its setting in the Green Belt. Not only for now, but for the future, as those before have done for us. Our aim above all, is for Boars Hill to remain a tranquil and rural Oxford community.
Latest News March 2022: The decision target date has now passed but there is no news on the application web page The change of use remains an unnecessary intensification inappropriate to the Green Belt; the development leads to unsustainable levels of traffic; there has been no consultation on the change of use; and there are no ‘very special circumstances’ of any merit to outweigh the inappropriate Green Belt development. For more explanation of our concerns, please see our checklist of planning points here.