The principal talking point on the Hill in 2018 is undoubtedly the proposed development on the site of Foxcombe Hall, the former Open University, by the new owners: Peking University HSBC Business School. The main part of the proposal involves the construction of a five level corner block containing about 100 en suite student units. The location is a more than normally sensitive one; being opposite the “Old Golf Course” from which the famous view of the “Dreaming Spires” of Oxford is to be had. Many local residents are concerned about this significant new structure which would involve a change of use of the site which is within the Oxford Green Belt no-build zone. Such has been the concern locally that a new ad hoc organisation, the Friends of Boars Hill, has been formed to prevent the development from proceeding. If you have a view on this highly topical subject, please use the Contact form to let us know.