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


Update re Steventon Bridge:

THE demolition of the grade-II listed railway bridge and village high street has been put on hold after a meeting with Ed Vaizey and Oxfordshire County Council officers. We wonder if it had anything to do with our letter to Mr Vaizey?

A417 at Challow Station re-opened on time - normal service can be resumed on the A417!


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


District Council Consultations get your comments in on the correct forms by 19th December

See our submission

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.

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.

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.


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 28 November 2014)
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 is closed for 13 weeks from September 06 – December 05 2014.
As you have probably seen Foxhall Road Bridge reconstruction (in Didcot) has started and will take 6 months (28 July 2014 – mid-January 2015).

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]


Communities and Local Government Committee Submission - Our submission to the Commons Select Committee on the Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework has now been published and can be seen on the Government Website. We have also attended a discussion forum with the MP's on the Committee in Westminster - we hope to publish notes of the session soon.



The outline application for 2500 homes on the brown field site at Grove Airfield and the outline application for 1500 homes on Crab Hill green fields have both been recommended for approval by the Planning Department. Negotiations with the developers on infrastructure funding continue...


Applications are being considered by the District Council for 50 homes off Windmill Place in East Challow. Haven't the planning committee approved enough? They have now recommended more than 5000 homes be build around our area but don't have plans in place for any improvements in infrastructure.


Open Letter to Matthew Barber, [show detail]

And his reply.


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