The City Council has not approved the establishment of a Community Council for Headington. The reason given was a majority of adverse comments in the City run consulation in 2019. About 500 comments were made during the consulation. These were counted as either for or against, each comment counting as one vote each. The “vote” was lost 51.8% to 48.2% .
To let you know that the HA response has now been forwarded with all the other responses to the Secretary of State, for independent examination. We have requested to be represented at the examination in public to be held later this year. See our response as submitted to the SoS here.
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.
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.
The five-year life of the initial Forum ended on September 10th 2019 and the City Council has redesignated the Forum for a further five years.
The Forum collaborates with Headington Action to take the Community Projects forward.
At a full meeting of Oxford City Council on Thursday 20th July 2017 the Council resolved that the Headington Neighbourhood Plan be made. This is the final decision in this lengthy process. The Plan was described by members as “trail blazing” and they warmly congratulated everyone who had worked to bring this about.
At their meeting on March 9th 2017 the City Council Executive Board warmly endorsed the Headington Neighbourhood Plan and approved its progress to a referendum to be held on May 4th 2017 coinciding with the local elections.
Members complimented the Neighbourhood Plan Forum for its achievement in being the first in Oxford to produce a Plan.
Chair, Mike Ratcliffe and Vice Chair, Patrick Coulter were present and answered questions from members including the development of a successor body to the Forum.
See the Forum’s stall at the Headington Market, Saturday 29th April.
See the whole Plan and leave comments here.
Oxford City Council’s public consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan (required by legislation) has now finished (on 7th October 2016).
The Consultation website can be accessed at oxford.gov.uk/headingtonplan
The mainly text version of the Draft Plan submitted to the Council is available here.
A more user-friendly pictorial version is available here.
(Note: minor edits on 26/09/16 and 06/10/16).
Oxford City Council has now appointed an examiner to consider the submissions to the consultation and will report in the near future – the date to be announced.
The Examiner and City have identified various amendments, to be reported to the Forum on 8th Feb 2017.