Calls to protect Oxford Canal and RAF Bicester buildings

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HISTORIC treasures such as the Oxford Canal and RAF Bicester have been highlighted in a draft plan to protect heritage in north Oxfordshire.

Members of the public will now be asked to give their views after Cherwell District Council’s executive approved the draft three-year plan for consultation on Monday night.

One key proposal was making the Oxford Canal a conservation area along its entire length in Cherwell.

Making sure RAF Bicester’s nationally-important buildings are protected from weather damage was another key priority.

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said there were nearly 3,000 listed buildings and ancient monuments in the district.

“This is all very much about protecting our local heritage.

“Aligned with that, realising time moves on, is to provide high-quality urban design where appropriate to complement that heritage,” he said.

Councillor Barry Wood said he hoped RAF Bicester’s buildings could be repaired once the site passed from Crown ownership.