Wantange and Grove Campaign Group (WAGCG)
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)


The Vale and South Oxfordshire District Councils are working on the Science Vale Action Plan. The emerging area action plan is likely to be open to public consultation from the end of February, but it is unlikely to provide the level of funding that Wantage and Grove need.[show more]


Oxfordshire County Council are consulting on theNew Strategic Transport Planand as the Oxfordshire Strategic Economic Plan is supposed to justify the requirement for 93,560 to 106,560 new homes by 2031 and to provide, among other things:

  • £500 million investment in rail improvements and
  • c£815 million of transport infrastructure improvements,

at least 5% of the investment should be made in Wantage and Grove so this is a key document. We have until 2nd April to review it all and submit our comments.


Planning Issues

Pre-planning consultations

  • Police Station & Magistrates Court, Church Street[show more]
  • East Hanney[show more]

Outstanding applications:

  • Wallingford Street[show more]
  • Motorlux, Newbury Street[show more]
  • Pavement tables for Wildwood Kitchen in the Market Place[show more]

Problems with Planning Conditions:

  • Stockham Farm - Phase 1 (not to be known as Letcombe Fields)[show more]

Other outstanding applications:

  • Grove Airfield - developers have submitted amendments to the Application Proposals. These refer primarily to a change in the position of the road from the development to the East which was going to be opposite Savile Way. Apparently work has revealed that it is not possible to accurately identify the full extent of the adopted highway with in the vicinity of the Savile Way junction. So the plans now propose that the junction is re-located slightly further south (approx. 76 metres) along Newlands Drive. They have also updated the green infrastructure plans and environmental assessments. The application is still P12/V0299/O and the new documents are in a folder on the planning site called "20150216 Amended Plans". Comments can be made until 11 March. Still 2500 homes but details of planning conditions and financial contributions have not been published. See (Vale Ref: P12/V0299/O) for details.
  • Crab Hill - 1500 homes, details of planning conditions and financial contributions have not been published. See (Vale Ref: P13/V1764/O) for details.
  • Monks Farm - phase 2 - 75 homes behind Bellingers Garage off Station Road, Grove. See (Vale Ref: P14/V0576/O) for details. No decision has yet been made.
  • East Challow - 50 homes behind Windmill Place. See (Vale Ref: P14/V2318/FUL) for details. No decision has yet been made.

The County Council is looking at the possibility of a unitary authority
Creating a single council for Oxfordshire would save up to £33m a year, according to independent financial analysis. See their press release for details.


District Council Consultations comments were submitted by 19th December

1. Local Plan 2031 part 1 - the first part of the updated local plan, showing any developments across the Vale where they want developers to build more than 200 homes. It also lists what infrastructure the Vale thinks it will need to support at least 20,560 new homes. See our submission

2. Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - The government has decided that the CIL approach to funding strategic infrastructure delivery is fairer, faster, provides more certainty and is more transparent than the current system of funding under section 106 which are negotiated on a site by site basis. VoWH is now publishing a list of the CIL charges they're proposing to make on new developments across the district, for you to comment on. See our submission

3. Design Guide - VoWH are also consulting on a new planning Design Guide which can be applied to anything from a small extension to a large housing development as well as non-residential development to minimise the impact on the character of our towns and villages. See our submission


The NPPF fails to protect against unsustainable development, reports Government committee - See the full report


There is a NEW Oxford Garden City Proposal being discussed and this one includes Oxford in the plans!

The Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 has been awarded to David Rudlin (of urbed), whose proposal is for the doubling of a number of existing cities through a series of urban extensions - his proposal used Oxford as its case study. See a brief summary on our new page.See also the press comment to the proposal.


Latest information about all bridge closures etc from Network Rail is available on our Rail Bridges page (last updated 6 February 2015)

Update re Steventon Bridge: The demolition of the grade-II listed railway bridge and village high street has been put on hold.

A338 bridge at the Volunteer: they are planning to build a new bridge just to the east of the existing bridge. The road will remain open during construction work although there will be short duration road closures (overnight / weekends)in summer 2015 to tie in the road to the new bridge. The new bridge is expected to be open Autumn 2015

Uffington Bridge - the road will be closed from December 6th 2014 for approx. 6 months while they jack up the bridge.

A417 bridge at Challow Station: The road now reopen with a new bridge.
As you have probably seen Foxhall Road Bridge reconstruction (in Didcot) is in progress and will complete in February (28 July 2014 – to 17 February 2014).

See our pages on Rail BridgesandRoad Closures for more detail.


Vale District Council commits to a feasibility study on a "new Settlement in the Vale"

At the Council meeting on 16th July the Councillors agreed to commit to a feasibility study and a public consultation for one or more new settlements in the Vale as solutions to our long term need for housing. This is outside work on the Local Plan so in addition to the 20,560 which are likely to be in the Local Plan, we could expect a further development of up to 30,000 new homes. This could double the number of homes in the Vale in the next 20 years. Where will the funding for the infrastructure required come from?

As Councillor Richard Webber said at the meeting:

"From an average build rate of 550 houses per annum, (last year 400 and only once in the last 30 years 700), we are now in the Local Plan for consultation seeking to achieve an average build rate in excess of 1000 new homes per annum. With the advent of the SHMA, the number could go up by another 3-400 per annum. If Oxford City wins its fight to pass over some of its SHMA allocation to the Districts, we could be over 1500 per annum, nearly 3 times our current average. Not for nothing is Oxfordshire the home of Alice in Wonderland."

Little boxes on the hillside ....[show more]


Open Letter to Matthew Barber, [show detail]

And his reply.


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