Beckley and Stowood, Oxfordshire

In respect of the Strategic Envrionemental Assessment (SEA), the following response has been received from Highways England by Horton cum Studley PC.


Dear Ms Foxcroft,

Thank you for your email dated 22 May 2018.  It has been passed to Highways England from Martin Tugwell from the England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance

A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) at this stage of the corridor selection is premature. This early stage of the process does not give rise to a SEA obligation.

The decision at this time is between corridor options which are simply a decision on which corridor to pursue. This indicates that the SEA would not be considered this early in the process because at this time we are not seeking consent.  We are currently appraising the environmental constraints for all corridors which is far more sensible...Read the full article

Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP

Secretary of State for Transport


Dear Mr Grayling,

On behalf of the parishioners of Beckley and Stowood we wish to express our opposition to Route S2 in Corridor B for the proposed Oxford Cambridge 6-lane Expressway and additional 320,000 + houses, which accompany it.

This route which leaves the A34 south of Oxford, cuts through the Green Belt, somehow circumnavigates Shotover Hill with its Nature Reserve, SSI and Park with a Grade 1 listed building and cuts through more Green Belt land running very close to Sydlings Copse and College Pond, a SSSI and nature reserve and our villages of Forest Hill, Stanton St John, Elsfield and Beckley.  These villages are currently protected from being subsumed by Oxford City by the Green Belt.  The village of Beckley is a Conservation Area with a Grade I listed church and 24 additional listed buildings.  Route S2 would then pass very close to an important medieval triple-moated...Read the full article

Here is an initial list of people you can write to opposing the Expressway and Route S2 (updated 9th May 2018). Please can you ensure you provide your full address including your postcode in any correspondence, especially to MPs.

Please click on the image below to visit the Bucks, Berks and Oxon Wildlife Trust website and see their report recommending that Expressway Corridor B is discounted, and requesting an environmental impact assessment and public enquiry.

Please write to Chris Grayling at the DTA, Michael Gove at DEFRA, expressing your concerns re the Expressway

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Highways England have presented three potential corridors for the Expressway between Milton Keynes and Didcot. A route to the west of Oxford and then following corridor B to Milton Keynes has significant advantages over any route to the south and east of Oxford. It involves less new road and hence will be cheaper and cause less environmental damage. It links with the A40 and A420 allowing West Oxfordshire and Swindon to enjoy direct links into the development arc. It follows the East-West Rail line and frequent interchanges would take full advantage of this.

Routes to the south and east of Oxford pass through a series of historical and environmentally sensitive areas, notably Shotover, Otmoor and Bernwood Forest close to Oxford or the River Thame to the east.

Any route which goes between Wheatley and Oxford would need to pass through or very close to the Shotover Country Park which is a...Read the full article

Dear Messrs Corbett, Stafford and Sporn,

I’m responding to your consultation on the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Express Way. I represent the Otmoor Division on Oxfordshire County Council.

Looking at your consultation document there are 3 potential corridors. I also note that included within your documentation are images showing the constraints, environmental mapping and environmental...Read the full article