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page updated 13th Feb 2016

Opening hours for our shop at 5 Elms Parade: February

Mace’s Planning Application

Mace have now submitted their planning application. See their announcement here.

As soon as the Vale Planning Officers have confirmed that the application documentation is complete, a 5 week consultation period will commence. We anticipate that this will be sometime next week.

Once consultation opens, we hope you will take the time to examine the plans and make your comments.

WWCC will have copies of the documentation available for viewing in our shop at 5 Elms Parade, where we will give guidance on the documentation and provide advice and information for those who wish to comment. We will hold a public meeting, to discuss the plans, hear your views and provide advice on how to comment.

From the plans which WWCC have seen, it appears that the largest building (residential) is 9 storey high, the hotel block is 8 storeys and that there are 3 student accommodation blocks, which are 7, 6 and 5 storey high.

New – Comments on the Mace Exhibition in December 2015.

See here for West Way Community Concern’s WWCC’s report on the comments which we received following Mace’s public exhibition, in December.  Mace have completed their own feedback report, which can be found in their ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ which you can view in our shop on Elms Parade.

Community Liaison Group meeting, 26th January 2016

Mace and SPBroadway held a Community Liaison Group meeting on 26th January, attended by WWCC, local parish and district councillors, and representatives of Botley Primary School, the Howse family, Sovereign and the Baptist Church. See the full minutes here.

SPBroadway reported that the most comments received had been on the subjects of building heights, community space, removal of the cinema, students and car parking. Mace say that they have made no change to the scheme in respect of building heights or student numbers following the public consultation.

Mace’s traffic consultant, Origin Transport, talked about the traffic analysis which they had completed, parking arrangements and possible improvements to the crossings and lights at Westminster Way junction.

We will continue to lobby on areas such as the student accommodation. We plan to engage with the business community – shops, restaurants, other businesses in and around the centre – to help represent their needs. When the application is submitted we will ensure local people have all the details they need to make informed decisions and to represent any concerns that the community want to raise.  

See also Mace’s site: westwayconsultation.co.uk

See our recent newsletters here

Vale’s Supplementary Planning Document

The Cabinet agreed to adopt the Supplementary Planning Document at the meeting on Monday 18 January 2016

For information on the Vale’s Supplementary Planning Document, click here

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.

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!

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