West Way Community Concern

Mace consultation

page updated 6th June 2017

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

Mace’s public exhibition

Mace will be holding an update on the West Way redevelopment of the West Way area of Botley, on:

Tuesday 13 June between 2 pm and 8 pm at St Peter and St Paul Church Hall, West Way, Botley, OX2 9LS

Representatives from Mace and members of the project team will be on-hand to explain the phasing programme, and to update residents on the progress of the redevelopment. See letter here.

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Mace will continue to update the community as the works progress. Residents with queries can contact Matt Browne at matt@spbroadway.com or 0203 405 3460.

WWCC are involved in Mace’s Community Liaison Group, which met on 30th November 2016 and 10th April 2017. This group 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’s Planning Application

Mace submitted their planning application to the Vale on Friday 29th January. 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.

Once consultation opens, we hope you will take 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.

Notification of the planning application appeared in the Oxford Times on Thursday 28th January. This notice is required under Article 13 of Application for Planning Permission, and is for any owners of land tenants within the development area who wish to make representations, who will have 21 days to write to the council.

Community Liaison Group

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.  

Mace’s Public Exhibitions – Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th December

Many of you attended Mace’s exhibition on December 7th and 8th and we gathered feedback from people as they left the event, via email and at our mince pie and chat session on the following Saturday at the WWCC shop. The data we collected is being written up and will be made available on our website shortly. Our initial impression is that many of you thought the ideas presented were a lot better than the Doric plans and there are aspects you like, but you still have reservations, particularly about heights and whether there is sufficient parking for residents and visitors. We will provide a summary of the feedback to the community, Mace and Councillors.

We asked Mace to make the feedback they collected available publicly but currently that is not their intention. The usual practice is to provide a summary as part of the application. We will continue to request the full feedback be made available and as soon as possible.

If you were unable to attend the exhibition, the presentation is available here, and in the WWCC shop at 5 Elms Parade.

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

Comments on the Mace Exhibition in December 2015

See here for West Way Community Concern’s WWCC’s 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.

WWCC initial reaction to the Mace exhibition:

Mace’s exhibition has shown that the plans for West Way are moving in a positive direction. Following the unanimous rejection of Doric’s demolition plans a year ago, Mace said they did not intend to demolish Elms Parade, the vicarage and Field House, and we are pleased to see this now confirmed. We welcome the inclusion of more general housing and the removal of a multiplex cinema, in line with residents’ views but, with the crisis in key worker accommodation in Oxford, we would like to see more homes for local people prioritised over student accommodation. 

Serious concerns remain about the overall scale of development, particularly building heights of up to 8 storeys.  We are also unconvinced that the amount of parking provided is sufficient for the large numbers of new visitors and residents.  

We have yet to see details such as elevations and measurements so until the application is submitted in January we will not have a full picture. We are continuing to gather feedback from local people and will summarise what we hear after the weekend and communicate the feedback we receive to Mace. 

See the Oxford Mail article on the exhibition from Weds 9th Dec. Read more media coverage about the development on our newsroom page.

Oxford Mail, 21st November
The developer behind the new West Way shopping centre will rethink plans for a multi-screen cinema and could build more family housing following meetings with residents. Mace will present a public exhibition of its revised proposals early next month.

Read more here

Recent background:

Mace’s consultation process, which is to led by the communications consultancy, SP Broadway,
will involve a number of workshops and public events, and a Community Liaison Group has
been established, to engage with stakeholders during this process.

Community Workshops

Mace held a number of Community Workshops during October.

These workshops included different groups, representative of the whole Botley community (read more here) to feed into the emerging proposals. Reports of these workshops are available on the Mace website events page (under documents downloads, October Community Workshops).

Mace will be holding a meeting of the Community Liaison Group after the workshops to update members about the feedback received.

It is important to note that further public consultation will be taking place later in the autumn.

Community Liaison Group

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.

The first meeting of this group was on Tuesday 2nd June. Minutes from this meeting are here.

Mace public meeting – 27th June 2015

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‘.

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