We new have a template letter for objecting that you can download and edit for your objection letter, or use text for the online objection form. Download the template letter here.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Public Meeting on Feb 27th. The following resources have now been added to the Resources page:
- The Character Assessment of Botley, with a form to send in your feedback
- A template letter to use and adapt for your objections
- Presentations from the meeting
Also, if you are wondering what the alternatives might be, take a look at an alternative vision for the future of Botley, how it might be if we had a different plan for development – read the Botley 2020 article.
WEST WAY PLANS NOW OPEN FOR COMMENTS – DEADLINE MARCH 27th
The plans submitted by Doric were made publicly available on the Vale District Council website on 31 st January.
Access plans here.
Q. Have the plans changed since Doric’s last exhibition?
A. Not much. There have been some design improvements, and some changes to the list of proposed features. However, the fundamental concerns over scale, character and impact on our community and environment have not been addressed.
Q. What happens now?
A. A consultation period will now begin, the final date for comments and objections is Thurs March 27th.
Q. How do I object?
A. We have begun a a guide on ‘how to object’ and will be adding to it with expert advice from consultants on planning, urban design, heritage, transport and other issues. We will provide you will some examples of material planning grounds for objections that you might want to include, depending on what you are concerned about (e.g. privacy, light, noise, parking, environment, etc.)
Q: Does West Way Community Concern want to see the shops developed?
A: Yes, we absolutely do. Like 93% of people who responded to our survey in April 2013, we think it’s time for some major improvements to our local shopping area. The 1960s buildings have not been maintained well over the years, and many people find them dull or gloomy in design. However like our survey respondents we take a moderate view on development: 70% wanted development that maintained some aspects of the current shopping experience, while only 23% conveyed a desire for full-scale demolition and redevelopment (the Doric option). These results were collected in April 2013, when Doric’s plans were still at concept stage, and from the substantial feedback that we have received from the community since September we think that even fewer people now actively support Doric’s proposals.
Q: Where can I find out more about all this?
A: Pop in to our HQ at 5 Elms Parade, next to the Post Office, to see the full sized plans. Come to our Public Meeting at St. Peter & St. Paul Church, 7pm on Thurs 27th February to hear more about the grounds for planning from experts in the various fields, find out what aspects WWCC will be objecting and get advice and help on putting in your own objection. Visit the How to Object page where we will be adding more resources over the next few weeks. Read our leaflet which is being delivered door to door in the local area, you can also download the leaflet here. Display our new poster, pick one up from the shop or download and print here. Take a look at our Resources page, we’ve just added the Elms Parade Heritage Statement and will be adding the Botley Character Assessment Report very soon.
Q: What else will WWCC be doing?
- Obtain expert advice from planning consultants on what are the strongest grounds for objection to the scheme (we expect there will be several; these plans represent a dramatic change for the area and run counter to various established planning principles).
- Draw up and submit a detailed set of planning objections based on expert advice
- Create a summary of the plans, with the help of volunteer expertise, so that the community can see exactly what is being proposed.
- Hold a public meeting: Thurs Feb 27th, 7pm at St Peter & St Paul Church
- Continue to consult with Vale District Council at regular meetings, to ensure that the community’s voice (as expressed through the petition and through responses to consultation exercises) is heard.
- Consult with Nicola Blackwood, MP
- Lobby councillors
Q. What can I do?
A. Make a planning objection. The more objections are received, on clear planning grounds, the greater our chances of getting these plans thrown out or scaled back to an appropriate size. See our guide for how to do it.
Also please continue to write to local councillors, local press, and Nicola Blackwood MP.