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Latest news – April 2017

Community Liaison Group meeting on 10th April

On Monday 10th April Mace held a Community Liaison Group (CLG) meeting in St. Peter & St. Paul Church with about 30 representatives from local community groups.

Mace’s proposed changes to the phasing plan – see Mace’s information sheet, plans and draft minutes here. Read our latest update from the meeting in the latest WWCC newsletter  (April 17th)

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.

Vale of White Horse draft Local Plan Part 2 Consultation

Residents of the Vale of White Horse District are invited to comment on Vale of White Horse Local Plan Part Two.

Part two of the plan includes the detailed policies the council will use when making day to day decisions on planning applications.

It will also explain how it proposes to accommodate 2,200 homes for Oxford that they have agreed to plan for within the Vale. There are no additional housing sites allocated for Cumnor or Botley in the plan.

Residents can read the draft version of the Local Plan 2031 Part Two and find out how to make comments at www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/LPP2. Paper copies are available at libraries and council offices. The consultation is open for comments until 5pm on 4 May.

Click here for Update Bulletin from the Vale for information on drop-in events and public meetings.

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!