Page updated 16th April 2016
THANK YOU to all who submitted your comments on Mace’s planning application to the Vale. Around 250 individual comments have already been posted on the Vale’s website, with some submissions from recent days still to appear. After a 3-year process this is a fantastic result, showing that our community is still very engaged in trying to get the best development for Botley.
If you meant to comment but didn’t quite get around to it before the deadline, we encourage you to still submit them. The planning officer will consider all comments submitted up until the application goes to planning committee.
You can find WWCC’s submitted comment on our resources page.
Planning reference is P16/V0246/FUL. Vale’s web-site here.
Guidance to commenting and planning policy:
New – See commentary from experts on traffic and parking, retail assessment, wind effects, landscape and visual, and errors in Mace’s planning application on our resources page and for inspiration read the West Way Blog.
If you would like to see changes to the plans then you should submit an objection – you don’t have to object to the whole plan, you can just object to part of it and ask for changes – but you need to state the planning grounds for your objection.
These four documents may help you prepare your comments:
- Guide to commenting;
- key points of objection and relevant policies;
- simple letter;
- Summary document of relevant policies for Botley West Way Centre
Planning policy documents are here and a document containing links to relevant sections is here. The guide is found on our resource page which also includes links to the other relevant policy documents.
Come and see the 3D model of the development – at 5 Elms Parade
WWCC shop (5 Elms Parade) opening hours – See opening hours for April here
Fight the Height: Public Event Saturday 9th April
Read our West Way Blog – current articles are:
More to come soon ….
Read our new 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.
WWCC Public Meeting
7th March, 7:30pm, St. Peter & St. Paul Church, West Way, Botley
Thank you to all those who attended the meeting last evening. It was standing room only, again. Presentations are available on our resources page for those who weren’t able to attend.
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.
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!