Welcome to the Goring Gap!
The villages of Goring and Streatley span two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offer some of the best countryside, housing and community life in South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, if not the country, and we’d like it to continue!
In existence since 1962, The Goring and Streatley Amenity Association, strives to conserve the distinctive character of our two villages whilst recognising the need for village life to thrive and develop in a sustainable way. In its early years the Association was instrumental in influencing the route of the M4 away from the villages, the decision not to erect electricity pylons across Streatley Hill, and in saving for the nation “The Holies” above Common Wood in Streatley and has been involved in many collaborative projects since.
So, if retaining what is special about our villages matters to you, please join us.
We want your views !
Our website aims to signpost you to local associations who care about the local environment and to encourage your feedback via email or our on-line comment facility.
Take a look at our Current Topics page, check out the latest local news and Community Events page, FAQs (coming soon), the local information resources and find out more about what you can do to protect and enhance the best things about village life!
So do join us and let your views be heard.
Our motto: “ To Inform, Consult, and Represent ”
News from the local area
- Reaction to ‘The countryside at a crossroads’CPRE welcome a new report looking at the future of our natural environment and needs of rural communities The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes a report launched today (22 March) by the House of Lords Select Committee, which makes a series of recommendations about the needs of rural communities... Read more »
- Need for small farms support in Agriculture BillCPRE join farming and environmental alliance to protect farm size diversity The Campaign to Protect Rural England has joined forces with the Family Farmers Association, Friends of the Earth, New Economics Foundation, Landworkers Alliance, Sustain, and the Tenant Farmers Association to call for farm diversity to be protected and improved in... Read more »
- New book for CPREShaun Spiers sets out how the country can address the housing crisis without unnecessary loss of countryside This week sees the publication of How to build houses and save the countryside by former CPRE chief executive Shaun Spiers, which pulls together many of the debates and issues that dominated his time... Read more »
- CPRE reaction to review of planning rulesCPRE has given a cautious welcome to some of the measures in today’s long-awaited review of planning rules But it warns that the failure to guarantee that land is used sustainably for housing and in a way that genuinely meets communities’ need threatens to undermine the government’s aims in addressing the... Read more »
- Rural communities denied affordable housing as developers exploit loopholeHousing developers are using a legal loophole to dodge building affordable homes across the countryside, according to data analysed together for the first time by Shelter and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The research is released ahead of a speech on Monday 5 March by Sajid Javid, the Secretary... Read more »
- CPRE welcomes agriculture proposalsCPRE has welcomed the Government’s proposed direction on future agricultural policy published today (27 February) and urged it to resist calls to simply maintain the status quo. The consultation sets out a new direction for a countryside where food production goes hand-in-hand with delivering benefits for the wider public. The proposals... Read more »
- Abingdon Reservoir back on the cards!Thames Water has finally published its draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019 - the Abingdon reservoir is included in the Plan, but is pushed back until 2043. Thames Water has finally published its dWRMP19 (draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019) which sets out details of current water supply, future challenges and... Read more »
- Brownfield registers identify land for more than 1 million homesCouncils find sites for more than five times the number of homes predicted by Government An analysis of Brownfield Land Registers, published today (Monday, 12 February), confirms that there is enough space on brownfield land to build at least one million new homes, with more than two-thirds of these homes deliverable... Read more »
- Cherwell Councillors urged to protect the Green BeltCPRE has urged Cherwell District Councillors to protect the Green Belt and reject proposals in its Local Plan Part 1 Review to put housing for Oxford in villages such as Kidlington, Begbroke and Yarnton. We understand that this Plan will be brought to Council on 26 February for approval for submission... Read more »
- Oxfordshire Housing & Growth DealNext month, District Councillors will be asked to sign off on a Deal that will change the future of Oxfordshire... will they stand up for our rural county or set us on the path to becoming a London commuter hub? We share with you below a letter sent today by CPRE... Read more »