Read the update from WWCC and editorial in the Cumnor Parish News, April 2015
Which way to vote? – Botley Hustings 2015
See notice about Botley Hustings, at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church on Friday 17th April at 7pm.
Doric / Mace appeal withdrawn
It was announced on Friday 13th February that Doric/Mace have withdrawn their appeal against the rejection of their planning application.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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
– Post your ideas on the Discussion Forum on the Botley website or
– email your ideas in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Or post on our Ideas Boards in our Shop at 5 Elms Parade
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
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!
There are more photos on our Gallery page.
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: