Land earmarked for green spaces

Agricultural land in Oxfordshire prone to flooding could be turned into parks and gardens to increase the area's green space provision.

Under its green infrastructure strategy, South Oxfordshire District Council is examining how it can increase its provision of open space, particularly in areas earmarked for new housing development over the next 16 years.

The council has come up with three ideas on which it is consulting residents. One plan is to open up 6.4ha of riverside park north of Wallingford's Castle Meadows, on poor agricultural land that cannot be developed because it is prone to flooding. The site would be linked to the Thames path.

Alternatively, Castle Meadows — the site of Wallingford Castle — could be extended to the west or arable land could be converted into parkland or a nature reserve.


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