Protect the last fields in Iffley Village from housing development

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The Donnington Hospital Trust, a charity to benefit the poor, is negotiating to sell for development fields that it has owned for over 600 years. These green fields, which lie within the conservation area are key to the rural ambiance of Iffley, a unique place of Oxford heritage within the city bounds, valued by all the people of Oxford.

Their plan to build 49 houses on this site would cause traffic congestion and make the quiet lanes used by walkers and cyclists unsafe, ruin the ambiance of this village used by so many people as a place of refuge and beauty, destroy the wildlife and biodiversity of these unspoiled fields and increase the risk of flooding on this site which lies within the flood plain. 

At a time of ecological and climate crisis, poverty and poor mental health, it is critical to protect and enhance our green spaces, involve local people, improve biodiversity and capture carbon as well as protect against flooding. 

We call upon the Trust to recognise that the loss of these fields would be detrimental to public benefit, and to act to preserve the land for the benefit of those in need according to their charitable objectives. 

Please tell your MP or local councillors what you think by visiting our website https://iffleywoods.org/get-involved/