West Way Community Concern


Page updated 9th Feb 2018

New – (9 Feb)  The council has received a planning application, reference P18/V0317/DIS, for Discharge of condition 38 – Community Employment Plan on application ref. P16/V0246/FUL

This application is not subject to public consultation however it is sometimes necessary for the council to consult professional bodies.  However, if you wish to comment, this can be done by email to registration@southandvale.gov.uk. Target Decision Date 21st March 2018. The application can be viewed here.

New – (31 Jan) Consultation on West Way pedestrian crossing

As a pre-condition to the West Way centre development works, the County Council are holding a consultation on changing the pedestrian crossing on West Way. On the Elms Parade side, it will move along to just before the bus stop, and be a straight across rather than staggered as now. This is so that the road can be opened up next to Elms Court building as part of the development. Details and consultation information is live now on the County Council website and runs through to 16th February.

Planning application P17/V3298/FUL for changes to the plans

Update (6 Feb) There may be a further round of consultation if new plans are submitted in response to comments raised. The application is expected to go to planning committee in March.

This application is for changes to the approved planning permission for the redevelopment covered by planning application P16/V0246/FUL. The changes are to the elevations and plans for blocks B, C, D, F and to the two deck car park. (Variation of condition 2 – approved plans). More information on the significant changes can be found in this document.The application is number P17/V3298/FUL, and can be viewed here. These are the changes which Mace presented in their exhibition in June. The changes are summarised in the agent’s covering letter

(26 Jan) The landscape plans from application P18/V0120/DIS are now available to be seen alongside the proposed changes in application P17/V3298/FUL. WWCC have submitted a comment pointing out the conflict between the proposals for landscaping in the discharge application (P18/V0120/DIS) and the proposed deliveries and servicing proposals in P17/V3298/FUL. See this comment here.

See West Way Community Concerns comments here.

See questions and answers about the development here

The service delivery plan describes how they intend the retail units to receive deliveries. More details can be found in the document ‘Deliveries and Servicing Strategy Part 1

(27th Jan)  Sale of West Way Shopping Centre

The West Way Shopping Centre has now been sold to Botley Development Company (formerly Doric). The price was reduced from £13.8m to £12.4m – see statement from Vale here.

Conditions of the sale agreement were ‘waived’ in order to get the sale through –see more information here.

Application P18/V0120/DIS to discharge conditions 8 (Hard & soft landscaping), 9 (Hard & soft landscaping) and 10 (landscaping) of Planning Permission P16/V0246/FUL

(26 Jan) – The landscale plans are now included with the application for changes to the plans (P17/V3298/FUL). Any comments on the landscaping plans can be submitted via the consultation to P17/V3298/FUL

(22nd Jan) WWCC have submitted an additional comment on P17/V3298/FUL, pointing out the conflict between the proposals for landscaping in this discharge application (P18/V0120/DIS) and the proposed deliveries and servicing proposals in P17/V3298/FUL. See this comment here.

Mace’s application for temporary change of use for Elms Court and Grant Thornton (P17/V1507/FUL)

Approved at planning committee October 2017, subject to conditions.

Discharge of condition 3 (traffic management) for the temporary change of use. See document here and planning application P17/V3052/DIS

(25 Jan) This application has been approved by Head of Planning at the Vale. See letter from Head of Planning here


Mace’s Community Liaison Group

This group includes our elected representatives (District, County, Parish) and reps from community groups and organisations such as WWCC, the Churches, schools, youth club, Brookes etc.

Draft minutes of the Community Liaison Group on Monday 18th December are here.

Questions and answers from Mace are available here .

Mace’s update newsletter:

Members of the Community Liaison Group (CLG) received a draft by email of Mace’s update leaflet. They now inform us that they do not intend to deliver this to households and businesses. Copies are available in the Botley library. It is available on their consultation website or to download here.



The Local Plan 2031 Part 2: Detailed Policies and Additional Sites – Publication Version Publicity Period

Your final chance to comment – consultation open until Wednesday 22 November 2017

Following the Preferred Options consultation in March 2017 and the gathering of evidence, the Vale District Council are nearly ready to submit their Local Plan 2031 Part 2 for independent examination. They have opened a six week publicity period between Wednesday 11 October and Wednesday 22 November 2017. Read more here.


Revisions to plans for the full development (P16/V0246/FUL)

Mace’s proposed revisions to the development constitute a material amendment, and therefore an S73 application will be required, which will enable public consultation to take place on the revisions.

There are also a number of planning conditions which have to be satisfied before any work can start on site, including a Construction Environmental Management Plan.

Mace’s public exhibition

If you missed Mace’s public exhibition on 13th June the boards are now available on their website.  The exhibition was also reported in the Oxford Times.

News articles

Oxford Mail 4th April: Much-loved independents and supermarket bow out of West Way Shopping Centre as bulldozers move in this summer  Broken promises, supermarket and shops forced to close

Oxford Mail 7th April: Community mourns loss of shops at Botley’s West Way shopping centre as bulldozers prepare to roll

6th April: Oxford Guardian: Campaigners call for clarity over shopping centre plans

Let us know what you think of the new proposals, email us.


Association of Botley Communities

The Association of Botley Communities has been set up to “improve and maintain the social, environmental, and economic wellbeing of Botley”. They held a public launch meeting on Friday Feb. 24th in St Peter & St Paul Church Hall. See more on their facebook page.

County-wide Unitary Authority proposal

Oxfordshire County council has published their proposal for a single, county-wide unitary authority for Oxfordshire. This would disband all six of the current councils (County, Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, Oxford City, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire) and there would be new elections for the new council. You can read about it on the one-oxfordshire web site . The proposals have been formally supported by a unanimous vote at the Vale of White Horse District Council.

Neighbourhood Plans

Cumnor Parish have now commenced work on a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, which includes Dean Court, Farmoor and Cumnor Hill, as well as Cumnor village. See their website, and their Facebook and @MyCumnor on Twitter for latest news and updates and a message from the Parish Clerk about the process here.

North Hinksey Parish Council have been working for some time on a Neighbourhood Plan for North Hinskey and Botley. See their page here.

Applications submitted

The Vale of White Horse District Council has GRANTED planning permission for the Temporary Change of Use of units in West Way Shopping Centre, to allow for relocation of the Baptist Church, Seacourt Hall and Library. The permission is valid for three years from the date of the permission.  See planning application P16/V3234/FUL.

The parent company for Premier Inns have just lodged a request for a premises licence for the new hotel, to allow sale of alcohol for extended hours and exhibition of films. See notice here. Representations to the Licencing Authority (Vale of White Horse District Council) closed 3rd February 2017.

We have sought clarification of the ‘Stopping up order’ for Church Way and Chapel Way. See Mace’s response here.

The developers of Seacourt Retail Park have submitted an application to combine a number of the proposed units to allow Marks and Spencers Food to operate from the combined unit. See planning application P16/V3227/FUL. Consultation closed on 2nd February 2017. Vale’s Target Decision Date is now 21st April 2017.

Next Steps for WWCC

1  Monitoring the development

We will be working with the Vale development enforcement officers to ensure that all the conditions placed on the developers are complied with. If you become aware of any activity which is against the planning conditions, then you can raise your concerns via the Vale’s website . Planning reference is P16/V0246/FUL. Vale’s planning web-site is here.

More information, including a summary of the planning conditions and S106 payments, can be found on our resources page.

2  Engaging with Mace and their contractors

We are involved in Mace’s Community Liaison Group (CLG), which met on 30th November. See notes and other documents from the meeting on our resources page here.

The CLG includes our elected representatives (District, County, Parish) and reps from community groups and organisations such as WWCC, the Churches, schools, youth club, Brookes etc. Mace will continue to update the community as the works progress. Residents with queries for Mace can contact Matt Browne at matt@spbroadway.com or 0203 405 3460.

Thank you to all who attended our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on 8th November 2016. The papers from the meeting are available here

Affordable housing?

We understand from the Planning Officer that Mace are not proposing any ‘affordable’ housing but instead are proposing that 10% of the flats would be ‘starter homes’ sold at 80% of market value. These ‘starter homes’ would be one bedroom flats. We don’t believe that people in average jobs, or key workers, would be able to afford these prices. If you support the need for affordable housing please include this in your comments, urge the Planning officer to require real affordable housing in the development. You may also want to write to the Vale Councillors about this issue.

Read our West Way Blog

The West Way Blog is a platform for individuals to share their personal views, concerns and suggestions on the future of Botley’s development. Hosted by WWCC, none of the views expressed are the official view or judgement of the WWCC Committee unless explicitly stated. We welcome a wide range of views and comments, for details and if you want to submit a blog post our Blog Policy Document.

See our recent newsletters here

West Way Community Concern’s reports are available on our resources page

A Vision for Botley and West Way

This vision is about what we want to see in Botley in the future. It’s not about what will be built – it’s about HOW we would like it to be and to work.Our vision for Botley is:

We will want to see the new local centre as:

A good place to meet

Good venues and spaces offer inspiration, entertainment, learning, work, play and community activities for all.

 A good place to do business

An easily accessible location with a full range of local services makes Botley the place for smart businesses looking to work with Oxfordshire’s knowledge-based economy, and an attractive alternative to central Oxford.

A good place to shop and eat

Botley offers diverse shopping from the basic to the unique, and includes cafes, restaurants and a market.

A good place to live, grow up and grow old

Along with a good mix of community facilities Botley has homes for people at all stages of their lives and that they can afford.

A safe and attractive place

The centre of Botley is a place where you would be happy to be at any time of day or night. The design is in keeping with local character.

Read more here.

Please share this with your friends.  It may seem optimistic, but we should be aiming to get what we want!