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
Planning permission was refused yesterday (19 June 2018) for the third application for the site of the former Quarry Gate pub as it “fails to relate to the strong sense of character of the surrounding area”: Headington Neighbourhood Plan cited. See the Planning Application and Decision.
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.
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.
Are you in the Headington Neighbourhood Forum Area? Check the map or street list.
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.
At their meeting this evening the City Council Executive Board approved the draft Headington Neighbourhood Plan for formal consultation. Following the six week public consultation the Council in association with the Forum will make any necessary amendments and arrange for an independent external inspector to examine the draft Plan. If the inspector confirms that the Plan is satisfactory it will be the subject of a public referendum programmed for May 2017.
At the meeting Councillor Alex Hollingsworth who is the Board member responsible for Planning warmly commended the work of all those in Headington involved in preparation of the Plan. This was echoed by Councillor Bob Price (Leader) who praised the quality of the draft Plan and supporting documents. The Draft Plan was commended by City Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan while County Councillor Roz Smith attended in support.
Vice Chair of the Forum, Patrick Coulter, who attended for the Forum, took the opportunity to thank the officers for their support over the past two years and the Board for arranging the special meeting so that we could meet the May referendum deadline.
Our Draft Plan has now been sent to the Council by the HNF Chairman Mike Ratcliffe. This is a preliminary draft for comment by the City Planning Department prior to formal submission.
The Steering Committee (SC) approved this draft after considering feedback from statutory bodies and making amendments that agrees with the sense of policy direction from our consultation and meet, where possible, the views of those bodies.
There remain, at a time of change within national planning policy frameworks, areas which may be fluid over the next period, but the SC believe that this draft plan reflects the views of those who the SC has extensively consulted.
The SC is grateful for the informal feedback it has received from the City Council and look forward to the next stage of formal engagement with the City as the plan progresses.
Feedback on Character Assessments available here.
We had completed the consultation and policy formation phases – whereby we have taken the views of people who live, work and study in Headington to shape a plan with policies to meet our vision and objectives – before Christmas. We are now in a phase of formal consultation with organisations specified in law as requiring an engagement. These include bodies such as Natural England and Thames Water and also some, such as Oxford University Hospitals Trust, who have had an engagement already (thankfully it was decided that we could skip the marine management organisation and the coal authority). At the same time we have been engaging with the City Council, who, as the planning authority, are responsible for ensuring we follow the process, but who are also the owners of many of the local policies we are working with.
We are, therefore, collating comments from these various groups and the Steering Committee’s job is to maintain, wherever possible, the ideas that everyone had balancing that with what we are allowed to do. Much of the feedback has been really useful, helping us to shape what we have proposed in a way that it can be implemented. In a couple of areas it’s clear there are points of difference, and we will be going to the Forum to confirm what to do – should we stick with the policy or alter it? We’ll put the plan version that goes out to the Forum on our website, and then put up our last internal version after the Forum signs it off.
These consultative phases are important, but also a bit behind the scenes, so it might look like not much is going on. There will be a City Council consultation, consideration by the Executive Board, then an inspection and finally a referendum – so no one will be short of an opportunity to engage with the plan.