West Way Community Concern


Latest news in brief:

Vale consultation for the Supplementary Planning Document

The Vale have told us that, ‘following a meeting with the Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, it was agreed to amend the start and end dates of the consultation period. The revised period of five weeks will run from 21st August to 25th September to allow the majority of the consultation to take place outside of the summer holiday period.’

The SPD will contain planning guidance to assist the redevelopment and improvement of the area, and sets out the type (e.g. shops, offices, houses, public open space etc) and scale of new development that could be appropriate for the location.

The Vale will be asking local residents what they think the priorities are for the development of Botley shopping area which will be considered as part of the SPD.

The Vale’s website or the Supplementation Planning Document can be accessed through the short link www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/botleyspd or via the planning policy website which has a link to the Vale’s supplementary planning documents. The page will be updated with further details (consultation documents, events, etc) in due course.

The SPD will be adopted (subject to scrutiny) October / November 2015

(See also Vale District Council update (1st July)  )

Dates for Mace’s consultation

Mace’s Community Liaison Group met on Thursday 16th July. WWCC was represented by our 3 co-chairs; Caroline, Chris, and Lorna. Minutes of this meeting are available here. Mace’s consultation and participation schedule is here.
Key dates:
Initial Design Proposals for consultation – End September
Initial Scheme Public Exhibition 1 – Mid October
Final Scheme Public -Exhibition 2 – Mid November

Other news

BPD (Consultants to the Vale for the preparation of the Supplementary Planning Document) held a Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Tuesday 28th July.

Nicola Blackwood MP speaks up for Botley at West Way presentation

Newsletter, 1st July: Consultation update

Mace’s new consultation website launched. Minutes from meetings and presentations are available from their website under ‘EVENTS‘.

West Way Development Survey report and presentation slides.  A Vision for Botley and West Way.


WWCC Public meeting

In our public meeting on Monday 22nd June Caroline Potter presented the results of the recent West Way Development Survey that received 1400 responses. The presentation slides and the full 25 page survey report are available. Chris Church also spoke about the Vision for Botley and West Way that we have developed with the community from our workshops in January and February and the Vision is also available on the website.

We also heard from Mace, BDP and the North Hinksey Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Mace public meeting

Mace held a meeting at Matthew Arnold School on Saturday 27th June. They introduced their team, which consists of SP Broadway (PR consultants running consultation), Make (architects) and Savills (planning consultants).

Mace now have a web-site; westwayconsultation.co.uk, and are able to take questions by email to david@spbroadway.com. The minutes from meetings and presentations are available from this new website under ‘EVENTS’.

Read more about the consultation processes 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.

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!



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