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


Planning Issues


Yet another site in East Challow

Park Farm - East Challow. There will be a public consultation for 90+ homes to the East of the A417 on the edge of the village - venue is in the Village Hall on the 17th Feb between 1530 and 1930. See our East Challow page

Outstanding applications:

  • 150 homes on King Alfred's East Site - An outline application (P15/V2952/O) has been submitted to turn the Kings Alfred's School East Site into a housing estate with 150 homes. Road access will be close to the existing entrances to the school on Springfield Road with a pedestrian access from Charlton Road as at present. This is an outline application and when it has been approved the Academy will sell the site to developers who will then submit a detailed application showing the exact number, position and size of houses to be built. Comments can be submitted until 10 February.
  • East Challow - Up to 36 dwellings on land at Challow Park (including former Council depot), Challow Road, East Challow. See (Vale Ref: P14/V2318/FUL) for details. This application is back on the agenda with revised plans etc from Greenlight Developments. See our East Challow page
  • East Challow - 50 homes behind Windmill Place. See (Vale Ref: P14/V2318/FUL) for details. This application is back on the agenda with revised plans etc from Bovis.
  • Outline ideas for the remainder of Monks Farm. In mid July, a consultation exhibition was held in the Old Mill Hall in Grove by Gallagher Estates and Gleeson Strategic Land working with Williams F1 to provide comprehensive development proposals that they say will benefit Grove and Wantage by bringing new jobs and homes to this part of the Science Vale. Planning applications have not yet been submitted but this shows how much additional traffic will hit the A338 south of the Williams Roundabout. See ourMonks Farm pagefor more details.
  • East Hanney- Both applications for 200 homes were turned down by the Planning Committee on 25th November 2015. See (Vale Ref: P15/V1846/O) for details of the application east of the A338. For the 200 on the land south of Summertown see Vale Ref: P15/V1616/FUL) for details - see our Hanneys page for detail of the impact on the Hanneys.
  • 16 dwellings off School Road, West Hanney a further application for the Hanneys was submitted in december (P15/V2887/FUL)
  • Grove Airfield - Still 2500 homes but details of planning conditions and financial contributions have still not been agreed. See (Vale Ref: P12/V0299/O) for details.


Mill Street and Denchworth Road Closures
Work on the gas main is now on the Denchworth Road. The road will initially need to close the road between the double roundabouts at Mill Street and Littleworth Hill, as this section of the road is extremely narrow. As the work progresses beyond northwards beyond Littleworth Hill, it will be possible to reopen the road and continue work under temporary traffic lights. The traffic lights will be manually operated during peak times to help traffic flow.
They anticipate the Denchworth Road phase to be complete by early March 2016. Following this, they need to work in Ham Road for approximately two weeks to finish connecting the new gas main to the existing network. They’re still planning this stage of the project with the local authority, but anticipate this work will follow on from the Denchworth Road phase.

For details see the SGN website (formerly Southern Gas Networks).

The Police Counter in Wantage Library will close at the end of March 2016

Quote from Thames Valley Police:[show more]


Crab Hill - 1500 homes, the site is up for sale with outline planning permission. The completed S106 agreement has been published. It is a very complex document and we hope to provide a summary sometime soon. In the meantime see (Vale Ref: P13/V1764/O) for details or go to our Crab Hill) page for some more information about the application.


For information on the status of the Local Plan Examination click here


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


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

At the Council meeting on 16th July 2014 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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