Regeneration of Headington Centre

An application for CIL funding has been received to fund the design stage of the Regeneration of Headington Centre project. This will include the preparation of a detailed plan by a specialist consultant for the delivery of the Vision for Headington Centre. The plan will comprise a series of deliverable projects with sufficient detail for ready implementation. The preparation of the plan will be informed by a consultation exercise involving local residents and key stakeholders. The project is supported by the Oxford City Council’s Regeneration and Economy Team who have provided input to the preparation of the project brief.

More details here

Headington Festival 2022 – Connected Communities

SATURDAY 28th May
In Headington Shopping Centre
9am-3pm:

Entertainments, food, crafts, refreshments and the stalls of the Saturday Market in the centre of Headington. Later in Bury Knowle Park.

Later in Bury Knowle Park
3pm-6pm: Fun fair

SUNDAY 29th May
In Bury Knowle Park

12:30pm-5pm: Many local organisations’ stalls; sports to try; fire engine and police vehicle to explore; foods and ice cream; farm animals to pet.

Click here for more details

Community Council

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% .

Headington Community Council

Forum members and supporters are distributing an explanatory leaflet to residents, to complement the pamphlet sent out by post by the City Council. Read the leaflet below or read a pdf version here.

Further information about a Community Council can be found here.

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
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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. 

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.