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Mansfield lodges objection to New planning application

first_imgMansfield has objected to a planning application by New College to develop a site on Savile Road.College administrators sent an objection letter to Oxford City Council, which read: “the proposed development has completely disregarded the impact it would have on Mansfield College.”The letter claimed a new ‘Warham Tower’, part of New College’s plans, was “little more than a vanity project.”It noted that “the whole community of the College is united in opposing the scheme as proposed.”The principal of Mansfield College, Helena Kennedy QC, signed the letter.The objection draws attention to what it claims are several infringements on the Council’s Local Plan (2001-2016). It states the development will not be equivalent in scale to the surrounding area.It argues the new ‘Warham Tower’ is not consistent with the Saved Policy HE.9 (High Building Area) which states that no new building can exceed 18.2 metres within 1.2km of Carfax Tower.New’s proposed tower would be 25 metres in height, and 650 metres away from Carfax.This has been called a “flagrant break of this high buildings policy.”Mansfield has also lodged concerns regarding overlooking and privacy, considering the close proximity of the new buildings to Mansfield’s student accommodation.Mansfield JCR president, Daria Lysyakova, told Cherwell: “[The JCR] were one of the main supporters of a formal objection from the outset.“I believe that building two metres away from our boundary is more than unreasonable.“Windows from the New College accommodation block will look directly into windows of Mansfield accommodation. Having students from another college at such close proximity is a serious invasion of privacy.”Mansfield College Bursar, Allan Dodd, told Cherwell: “We have ensured that neighbouring colleges are aware of the proposed development.“Thereafter it is entirely up to them whether they submit an objection.”The Warden of New College, Miles Young, told Cherwell: “Great care has been taken to mitigate the impact on Mansfield College, at every stage of the process, and with extensive dialogue.“More generally, we are very disappointed that a proposal which will take 70 students away from the overdemanded Oxford housing market is not treated more fairly. We all have an interest in that.“At the same time a proposal which has been praised by experts for its contribution to the townscape as both original and sensitive is not in our view fairly appraised by the Mansfield letter.“Of course, we recognise that developments in Oxford often cause issues, and we are always willing to do our very best to deal with them.”Other groups have offered considerations on the planning application process. These include Oxford Preservation Trust and the Historic England Commission.Dodd also notes that the consultation period was extended by the Council.He understands  this was because the mandatory original public notification of the proposed development failed to make clear that the development was in conflict with the Council’s policy on height of buildings in the Local Plan.Oxford City Council have been contacted for comment. They are not obliged to respond to planning objections until the meeting of a planning committee.last_img read more

3 things Gary Gait said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland

first_imgNo. 4 seed Syracuse (19-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) made its fourth consecutive national semifinals after slipping past Southern California in the quarterfinals. Now, it takes on undefeated No. 1 seed Maryland (21-0, 5-0 Big Ten) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, with a trip to the national championship game on the line. The Terrapins eliminated the Orange in the NCAA tournament in each of the last three seasons.Here are three things SU head coach Gary Gait said on the NCAA coaches teleconference on Monday:Maryland is dominant against everyone, not just SyracuseBecause of their frequent matchups — Friday’s matchup will be the ninth matchup between the two programs since the 2013 season — and Maryland’s overall dominance against Syracuse (Maryland is 19-1 all time in the series), Gait often get asked if the Terrapins have the Orange’s number. But Gait thinks that it’s a bit unfair to pin it just on SU.“People always ask me, you know you guys have hardly beat them, you’ve only beat them one time. But I can say that about almost every team out there [laughs] there’s not many teams that have beat Maryland ever. Certainly in the near future there haven’t been many teams that have beat Maryland,” Gait said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a tough challenge and we’re excited to have that opportunity again. We know that we have to play a perfect game if we want a shot at competing with them and trying to come out on top.”An 0-8 record against Maryland under Gait isn’t deterring SyracuseSU has been defeated by UMD eight times in a row and it’s the one team that has given the Orange problems through the length of Gary Gait’s tenure as Syracuse’s head coach. But Gait is confident that his team has what it takes to compete with the Terrapins.“We’ve beat the No. 1 team before, we’ve done that, so at least we have that history behind us. They’re a tough team, they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. The good thing is we have nothing to lose so we could just go give it 100 percent. I think we have the talent, I think we have the players and the capability of getting it done. The mindset is pretty simple, play your best lacrosse and hopefully good things will happen for you.”SU’s recent string of playing in one-goal games is good experience, although they didn’t always have to end up that wayBarring the game against Canisius, which was completed a month after it began because of a weather delay, the Orange has played in three straight games that have been decided by a goal. And while Gait is happy that SU has experience in those close games, he would like to see his team close out games that his team has a lead in earlier.“We’ve made mental mistakes, mental errors, gave the ball back to the other team. You look at USC, we’re up 11-8 with four or five minutes left. We’re man-up and we give the ball back. It’s just another opportunity to learn form it and try and get one step better so if we do get a lead we can maintain it and not have to fight for our lives at the end of the game,” Gait said. Comments Published on May 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more