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

 

Oxfordshire County Council would like your views on its service change proposals for subsidised bus services and Dial-a-Ride. The council needs to save more than £6 million on supported transport services. Some savings will have to come from reducing the current £4 million a year the council pays in bus subsidies and to run the Dial-a-Ride service. This will affect the A1, 83, 84, X1 via Ardington village, 38, and all versions of 67. I'm not sure how much of the subsidies are actually contributions from developers but I assume that amount will stay but I'm sure that won't be enough to retain anything like a reasonable service. To access the consultation go to Oxfordshire Supported Transport (subsidised buses and Dial-A-Ride) consultationComments can be made until 14 September 2015.

 

Planning Issues

Outstanding applications:

  • 160 homes south of Williams F1 on the Monks Farm site - an application was submitted on 20 July 2015 for up to 160 more new homes. Comments can be made on the outline application until 26 August 2015. See our Monks Farm page for more details. Also on 20 July 2015, another Exhibition was organised in the Parish Church in Grove for the area covered by this application. As you can see they really wanted to get the views of the public before they submitted their application!
  • East Hanney- 200 MORE homes on land south of Summertown, East Hanney See (Vale Ref: P15/V0343/O) for details, comments can be made until 19th August - see our Hanneys page for detail of the imact on the Hanneys
  • A new development of 31 homes between the Challow Road and Naldertown - an application has gone in for the demolition of Aberclare, hall (St John Ambulance) and Cedarholme, to be replaced by more new houses. See (Vale Ref: application P15/V0979/O)
  • Erection of a new science block for King Alfreds School on the site of the old CoE Primary School See (Vale Ref: application P15/V0621/FUL)
  • Grove Airfield - 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, the site is up for sale with outline planning permission. The completed S106 agreement has now 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.
  • East Challow - 50 homes behind Windmill Place. See (Vale Ref: P14/V2318/FUL) for details. No decision has yet been made.

Retirement home on the site of the old Police Station & Magistrates Court, Church Street -
Renaissance Retirement has received permission to build a selection of thirty two 1 and 2 bed retirement apartments in an architect-designed building on the Police Station and magistrates Court - with only 15 parking spaces! They assume that people over 60 don't require cars and that you can buy everything you need within walking distance. We know that neither of these statements are true. See our page for more details.
Also the Local Plan Part 1(currently with the Inspector) states that more retail facilities will be required in Wantage to meet the needs of the new residents. As the emerging Wantage Neighbourhood Plan states this is one of the few spaces close to the town centre where more retail (or required parking) could be placed. See (Vale Ref: application P15/V0729/FUL)

 

Science Vale Action Plan

The Vale and South Oxfordshire District Councils arepreparing a new planning policy document, the Science Vale Area Action Plan. This is the first planning policy document to be jointly prepared by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White District Councils. The area action plan will focus on the delivery and implementation of the growth in the Local Plan 2031 within Science Vale.
The Councils have sought our views on the proposed scope, the plan boundary, vision and objectives and whether they have identified all the correct issues. Our comments have been submitted.

 

Oxfordshire County Council are preparing aNew 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 submitted our comments. Our presentation from 23 March is available here.

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 2014

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.

 

Network Rail Bridge works

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

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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