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 hunting lodge, Beckley Park, Grade I listed with a number of other listed buildings surrounding it and rare flora on nearby land. Then the Route would cross Otmoor, a SSI and RSPB reserve with rare flora and fauna. (Please see our detailed submission on the environmental impact on Otmoor and other important, sensitive sites  ) The route is very similar to a proposed route across Otmoor for the M40, which was rejected at Public Inquiry.