Headington Community Council


Further information on how a Community Council would be establised can be found here.

Headington Neighbourhood Forum’s Plan was made (i.e. approved) on 20th July 2017 and its Planning Policies are now being used, along with the City’s planning policies, to determine planning applications within the Plan’s area. In addition to the Planning Policies, the Plan included several Community Policies, the last of which is concerned with the formation of a successor to the Forum. That Policy, FC1, states:

The Neighbourhood Forum will plan and implement arrangements to create a successor body to oversee the implementation of the plan throughout the plan period.
The vision and aims of the Plan are will be achieved through a range of policies and projects. To secure the effective implementation of policies and projects following the Referendum will require that a successor body to the Forum is put in place at that stage. Such a body would monitor the implementation of the planning policies. It
would also initiate and manage the implementation of the community policies and projects by working with the local authorities and other stakeholders and the Headington community.
As the Plan is a living document there will be the need to regularly consult local people on implementation issues such as the development of new projects. There is a range of options for the form of the successor body, for example a charitable body such as a community trust, or a statutory body such as a community council similar to a parish council.
HNF has agreed to set up a working group to research and progress the development of a successor body.”

So the establishment of a Community Council to carry forward the work of the Headington Neighbourhood Forum and to implement the policies and projects of the Neighbourhood Plan has been a key policy of the Plan from the outset. The Community Council would be identical to a Parish Council with statutory authority.

Therefore, the Steering Committee, with the help of Headington Action, applied to the City Council to undertake the required first step to establish a Community Council, namely a Governance Review.

On 13th February 2019 the City Council unanimously agreed to carry out a review, which is to take place from July 8th 2019 to August 23rd 2019. This is essentially a consultation exercise to confirm that a Community Council would be suitable for Headington. If the outcome of the governance review is favourable elections for the Council would be held in May 2020.  The area will need to be divided into a small number of community/parish wards, probably about four, with a small number of community councillors elected from each ward, possibly four per ward.  The actual warding and number of councillors is to be determined by the City Council, with input from the Forum.

The benefits of a Community Council include a statutory right to be consulted on planning applications with greater influence on the future development of Headington and it would also protect and implement the Neighbourhood Plan and strengthen the identity of Headington. It would raise money for local projects through a small additional charge on the annual Council tax and it would provide a voice for Headington and encourage local people to participate in decisions about our future.

Oxford currently has four Parish Councils: Blackbird Leys, Littlemore, Old Marston, Risinghurst & Sandhills. As mentioned above, each Parish Council is funded by a small additional charge to the Council Tax.

We do hope members of the Forum will take part in the consultation exercise. Details will be set out in a City Council pamphlet which will be delivered to all households in Headington in July 2019. The Forum’s own leaflet setting out the benefits will be distributed during July and August.

Further information on how a Community Council would be establised can be found here.

Community Projects


The Headington Neighbourhood Plan comprises both Planning Policies that are taken into account in planning applications and Community Projects (see AGM Agenda for priorities) that the Neighbourhood Forum wishes to promote or develop itself. 

Since the five-year life of the Forum is nearing its end (March 18th 2018) the next AGM (11am Saturday, March 10th 2018) will consider both the renewal of the Forum and collaborating with Headington Action to take the Community Projects forward.

UPDATE: The City had informed us that the official start date for the Forum was 10th September 2014, the date of the relevant City Executive Board Meeting meeting rather than the date of the first Forum meeting, so redesignation will be applied for in 2019.

Headington Festival 2019

In Headington Shopping Centre
10am-3pm: Entertainments, food, crafts, refreshments and the stalls of the Saturday Market in the centre of Headington.

Later in Bury Knowle Park
3pm-6pm: Real Ale, Gin, Soft Drinks, Hot Food and Music
6pm: FREE Family Film Ralph Breaks the Internet PG
9pm: FREE Film – Black Panther 12A

In Bury Knowle Park
1pm-5pm: Many local organisations’ stalls; sports to try; fire engine and police vehicle to explore; foods and ice cream; craft ales; farm animals to pet; results of the children’s wildlife photography competition and the photographs displayed.

Click here for more details

Community Infrastructure Levy

At its AGM in March 2018 Headington Neighbourhood Forum (HNF) agreed that the activity of the steering committee would continue in its steering and monitoring role while Headington Action (HA) would take on the responsibility of implementing projects and, where appropriate, applying for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds from the City Council to assist implementation.  CIL monies may only be spent on infrastructure projects that reflect local priorities and are based on sound evidence. Such projects may include the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure, or anything else that is concerned with addressing demands that development places on an area.

Where a Neighbourhood Plan is in place the Plan’s area is entitled 25% of the CIL (15% if no Plan in place), which for Headington equates to about £60,000. A process for approving applications for CIL funding for projects in Headington has been agreed with City Council officers and a small number of CIL fundable projects have been prioritised by HNF/HA.

The first application for approximately £4,000 to extend the Mid-Winter Lights to a further two pavement trees in Headington Centre has now been approved.

An application is in the pipeline from the Friends of Headington Hill Park to construct some gates at the bottom of the park and also to improve the pedestrian access from Oxford Brookes into the park at the top.  HA have already funded a tree trail with noticeboards for the park and this will be in place shortly.

The HNF/HA Greening of Headington project group has had a scoping meeting and now seek some volunteers and a project manager. The hanging baskets could be the first scheme to be tackled.

HA’s Loneliness and the Isolated in Headington project has appointed a project manager.

Voluteers – HNF/HA urgently need people to help implement all these projects.  If you would like to help in any way, large or small, please contact either HNF  or HA

Oxford Heritage Asset Register

Fifteen places have been nominated this year to be added to Oxford’s Heritage Asset Register.  Of these, six are in the Headington Neighbourhood Plan Area.  They will be considered at the East Area Planning Committee on July 4th 2018.  The committee paper recommending approval can be viewed here.

Cuckoo Lane
All Saints Church, Lime Walk
8thOxford Scout Hut (formerly All Saints Mission Chapel)
Hilsboro, 14 Holyoake Road
18 Windsor Street and 6 Perrin Street
85 (All Saints Vicarage), Old Road

If you have suggestions for additions in the next year’s round of nominations, please contact Headington Neighbourhood Forum or Headington Action.

Oxford’s 2nd Neighbourhood Plan submitted to the City Council

The Summertown and St. Margaret’s Neighbourhood Forum has formally submitted their Neighbourhood Development Plan, together with supporting documents to Oxford City Council, as the Local Planning Authority. This Plan proposal is now available for public consultation. The public consultation period will  run for 6 weeks from Wednesday 30th May to 11th July 2018. The Neighbourhood Development Plan together with the associated supporting documents will be available to view both on the City Council’s website (www.oxford.gov.uk/ssmconsultation) and ‘hard copies,’ can be viewed at the following three venues:

  • Oxford City Council’s Offices at St. Aldate’s Chambers, 109-113 St. Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS 
  • North Oxford Association, Diamond Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DP
  • Summertown Public Library, 17 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN 

Representations should be made using the form provided (attached) which can be downloaded and then completed and returned to the Planning Policy via email (planningpolicy@oxford.gov.uk).  Guidance notes for completing the comment form are also attached to this email.

The ‘Plan Proposal’ together with the representations received during the public consultation period will then be passed on to the appointed Inspector when the Plan is submitted for Examination.

Headington Festival

10am – 3pm in Headington
Food, crafts, refreshments and the stalls of the Saturday Market in the centre of Headington.

1pm – 5pm in Bury Knowle Park
Many local organisations’ stalls; sports to try; fire engine and police vehicle to explore; foods and ice cream; craft ales; farm animals to pet; results of the children’s wildlife photography competition and the photographs displayed.

Click here for more details