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Two public meetings this week:

Mace’s Presentation meeting:
Saturday 27 June 2015, The Hall, Matthew Arnold School, 11am – 1 pm

This is a presentation where you can find out more about the West Way Area Consultation and Redevelopment. It runs from 11 to 1 rather than being a drop in session. You can download the agenda here.

WWCC Public Meeting at St Peter and St Paul Church at 7pm on Monday 22nd June

Thank you to those who were able to attend. If you couldn’t make it the Survey Results presentation is available to view and download. 

Survey results and Vision published 

The West Way Development Survey – report of results June 2015

The survey was conducted by West Way Community Concern (WWCC) from 17th April to 25th May 2015. It updates and adds to the evidence base from previous surveys of local residents regarding potential development of Botley’s local shopping centre, including Vale of White Horse District Council public consultation in 2012 (210 responses), Doric Properties’ first public exhibition Feb-Mar 2013 (616 responses), and WWCC’s first survey Apr-May 2013 (727 responses). This latest survey received 1400 responses.

The report can be downloaded here and results will be presented at a Public Meeting at St Peter and St Paul Church at 7pm on Monday 22nd June, all welcome. Agenda will be posted here shortly.

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.

This came from two events on ‘what Botley wants’ back in January with around 250 people. The report on that is here.  We then ran a workshop in May that cut that down to five key points and a sentence about each. You can download the vision here or read below.

Vision for Botley and West Way

A Vision for Botley and West Way

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

Newsletter 8th June – Survey report, History Exhibition and West Way Festival – click here

Consultation on new proposals and development brief for West Way

Mace will be commencing a consultation on their new proposals for development at West Way. At the same time, the Vale are preparing a development brief for the area. See more information here

Seacourt Retail Park planning application: P15/V1039/FUL

This application includes ‘Part refurbishment and part redevelopment of existing retail park, including revised access, car parking and landscaping. Removal of existing petrol filling station to provide new retail units (A1 use), cafe/coffee shop/restaurant units within Classes A1 and A3. (Amendment to Phase 2 of permission P13/V1994/FUL)’.

If you wish to comment on this application, it can be found here : deadline for comments is 11th June.

 

West Way Development Survey 2015

We have received more than 1,300 responses to our survey. The survey is now closed. We are now analysing the responses, and will be reporting back in the near future.

The results of this survey will inform the proposals which Mace are preparing. Our earlier work, What Botley Wants and the Botley Character Statement, will also be used.

Other news

Doric / Mace appeal withdrawn

It was announced on Friday 13th March that Doric/Mace have withdrawn their appeal against the rejection of their planning application. Read more on  Oxford Mail website and in the paper copy 14th March. The Vale of White Horse District Council website has the full press release with quotes

Mace have confirmed that:

– they will withdraw their appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for their original scheme

– they now intend to work closely with the local community to ensure that, subject to viability, the replacement scheme will better meet the needs of people living and working in the Botley area

 – the new scheme will explicitly exclude any redevelopment of Elms Parade, Sovereign Housing Association’s Field House and the Vicarage of St Peter and St Paul Church.

Field House has been saved from demolition

Field House has been saved from demolition

Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We are very pleased that new proposals for a smaller-scale development of the West Way will be put forward.  We have worked very hard to reach an agreement that will be more suitable for all parts of the community.  The needs of local people are paramount to the success of any development so it’s vital that they are involved in the process and are able to feel positive about any changes that will happen in their area.

 

Elms Parade has been saved from demolition

Elms Parade has been saved from demolition

 

Chris Church, co-Chair of West Way Community Concern said: “This is a wonderful victory for the people of Botley.  Two years ago we said we would work to save Elms Parade, Field House and our Vicarage. Thanks to all the efforts of our community, we have won that campaign. Now we will continue to work to ensure that any new development is what Botley wants, and that it meets the needs of our community for the years ahead. We will engage constructively with the consultation that Mace is planning and will work for the best possible participation of the community in the process.”

 

Previous highlights

What Botley Wants and I love Botley

Thank you to all of you who came along to the two events ‘What Botley Wants’ on  January 27th and ‘I Love Botley’ on February 14th. It was a great turn out at both events and you came up with some great positive ideas.

See press coverage here and the full report here

We’ve now collated the ideas from ‘What Botley Wants’, and your prioritisation at ‘I love Botley’ and the highlights are:

What do we want to see for West Way?

  •  An improved community centre, integrated with the library
  • Offices and flats to create homes and jobs
  • More independent shops and restaurants
  • A design in keeping with Elms Parade at the centre

What do we want to see for the wider Botley area?

  • Better facilities for young people
  • Better use of the Seacourt retail area to include a petrol station (and an electric car charge point)
  • Better community centre / facilities
  • Affordable housing

Read the full Report about what you told us you want for Botley.

Short term improvements

We are still collecting thoughts on short term improvements to the shopping centre to ask the Vale Council to spend the £50,000 they have allocated for tidying up the centre. To help you we have some maps you can download here – You can mark up areas for improvements or ideas for the future and post them through the door of our campaign shop on Elms Parade.

If you have any ideas which you want to put forward: What Botley Wants event group discussion

–  Post your ideas on the Discussion Forum on the Botley website or
email your ideas in to us at westwayconcern@gmail.com
–  Or post on our Ideas Boards in our Shop at 5 Elms Parade

What Botley Wants group discussion 2

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Planning Committee reject application unanimously 13-0 

See details on Oxford Mail blog here

Official notification with reasons for rejection here

 Philip Pullman, Baroness Deech among 20 signatories to letter to the Vale

Visual impact statement sent to Councillors

 Read our final objection

Over 750 people came to Stand up for Botley on Saturday 11th October

Coverage of Stand Up for Botley, interviews with residents and speeches by Nicola Blackwood MP and Chris Church of WWCC

 It was a fantastic community event and really helped to show the full impact of the proposed development – just how long and high it would be. 

The event was such a success thanks to all the volunteers who turned up and who helped us plan and promote the event – delivering leaflets, inflating balloons, putting up posters, attending coffee mornings and spreading the word at their clubs and organisations and those on the day who helped to marshal, to get those balloons organised, created banners and came along with enthusiasm and passion!

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There are more photos on our Gallery page.

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Or go to our Resources page to read the WWCC comments along with those from many officials and experts including Nicola Blackwood, Mp and Oxford City Council.

Click on the picture below to watch our video recapping the evolution of the plans:

West Way Video

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