THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE AMAZING TURN OUT ON SATURDAY 23rd
WHAT NEXT? See our Save West Way page for more on how you can help
Botley is on the western edge of Oxford. Our neighbourhood shopping area is threatened by a huge redevelopment:
The proposals include:
- A 7-storey block almost twice as long as Elms Parade (in the picture), fronting West Way
- 600 student homes
- A multi-screen cinema with chain restaurants
- A food superstore (but less space for existing local businesses)
- An underground car park
- Knocking down Field House (home to 60 older people) and the local vicarage
This proposal is coming from developers Doric Properties who already have dealing with Vale of White Horse District Council, who will make the decisions when planning permission is applied for.
West Way Community Concern is a community organisation. Find out about us here. We are working hard to get the council to change their minds. There is time for them to do this: this is not a done deal – yet.
We support the improvement of facilities in Botley but we believe the scale of these proposals is totally inappropriate for the area. The new development would:
- Change the character of Botley, from residential area to commercial centre
- Increase traffic on already congested roads
- Force local businesses out, reducing the range of services we currently enjoy
We can stop this – there are others ways forward.
But we need your help: click here to find out how to help.
Botley needs Better not Bigger!
WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE?
Two years ago Vale Council consulted on a smaller-scale redevelopment involving just the current shopping and office area. Elms Parade, Field House (the senior citizen’s housing on West Way beyond the church) and the vicarage were retained.
We are calling on the council to abandon Doric’s unwanted plans and instead proceed with a smaller redevelopment as they originally intended. Our petition calls for this. Find out more here.