Rare wildlife habitats and ancient woodlands could be impacted by the proposed route for the Oxford-Cambridge corridor.
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust will host a hustings on April 18 at 6pm in St Edburg’s Church, Bicester, for authorities within the Growth Corridor to debate housing plans and the proposed expressway.
Tom Beckett, the Wildlife Trust’s director of external affairs, said: “There is broad agreement across the political spectrum that we need new homes, especially affordable homes.
“The question is where and how should they be built?
“We know how important it is for infrastructure planners to have the most up to date information about the local and rare wildlife habitats, including ancient woodlands and floodplain meadows so they can be avoided or potential harm mitigated.”
Councillor John Cotton, Cllr Richard Webber, Cllr Rev Dick Wolf and Cllr Sean Woodcock will be at the meeting, chaired by Dr Tim Marshall from Oxford Brookes University.
On Wednesday last week, Matthew Barber, leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, wrote to the secretary of state for transport calling for more public engagement on the expressway before a decision is made.
The hustings is free to attend, but people are asked to register at www.bbowt.org.uk/hustings18