A Call to Protect Narnia!
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Help us stop the building application that will destroy the quiet Narnian environment of C.S. Lewis’s beloved home -- "The Kilns" -- and the C.S. Lewis Nature Reserve!
Why is this important?
A planning application has been submitted to the Oxford City Council for approval of a new building development that would provide 9 apartments (with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 beds) in a 2 1⁄2 storey building and a 22 car parking lot. The proposed plan would also require an access road to be built directly across from The Kilns, at the end of Lewis Close and along the boundary of the C.S Lewis Nature Reserve.
Impact on visitors to Lewis’ home
The proposed housing complex and right of way will destroy the peace and tranquility many find on this quiet cul-de-sac as they come on pilgrimage to visit the home of an author who has inspired millions.
The Kilns welcomes children, families, school groups. and tourists from around the world, offering the experience of viewing the historic Blue Plaque home. Further, scholars and clergy live in the home throughout the year, finding a place of quiet study as they work on research and writing projects.
The building of the apartment complex and the parking lot adjacent to the Nature Reserve would have a negative environmental impact on the species of animals and plants sheltered in the area, many of which were planted by author C.S. Lewis himself.
Lewis Close is such a wonderful place and the access road and property development that is planned to run along it will no doubt pollute the lake, increase the traffic making it unsafe for pedestrians and spoil this place of amazing magic and beauty. This area is of national and historic significance and should be preserved for generations to come.
The Oxford Times sums it up nicely:
“Mr Beecher wants to build units of sheltered housing along with a music room. The two-story buildings would overlook the woodland and lake, with an access road running past the C.S. Lewis house and crossing the garden of the neighboring property. Dr. Deborah Higgens, resident warden of the house, said, ‘It would damage the neighbourhood. Having a major through road to 10 buildings would mean traffic cutting through. It would change everything.’”
Douglas Gresham, whose mother, the poet Joy Davidman, married C.S. Lewis and lived at The Kilns, declared “This should not be allowed to happen. It has always been a quiet lane. This proposal would have the effect of putting the C.S. Lewis house in the middle of a development that it does not belong to.... It would destroy what is a quiet cul-de-sac, and what for many is a holy retreat, for the sake of a profit grab idea.”
How this will be delivered
By signing this petition, you are endorsing the C.S. Lewis Foundation (UK)’s 14 November 2016 Letter of opposition to "Planning Application 16/02549FL – Land Adjacent to 4 Wychwood Lane, Oxford, OX3 8HG – Erection of 9 Apartments with Ancillary Facilities and 22-Car Parking Spaces Accessed from Lewis Close."
This petition will be submitted by the Foundation to the Oxford City Council on the occasion of its next scheduled public hearing on the matter, currently scheduled for 8 February 2017.
A call to action
On behalf of the C.S. Lewis Foundation (UK), its much respected neighbors, and worldwide constituency, we, the undersigned, urge you, the Oxford City Council, to honor the C.S. Lewis Foundation (UK)’s letter of appeal to deny approval of this invasive development proposal.
Preserve C.S. Lewis' Neighborhood & Nature Reserve!
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