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.
Oxford City Council has published its report on the Local Plan public consultation.
It is extremely pleasing to see that the public support the Headington Neighbourhood Forum’s view on the need for keyworker housing.
The Forum weren’t able to include a planning policy that supported replacing affordable housing requirements on institutional sites (hospitals / universities) with keyworker housing since it would have not complied with the current Local Plan, but the consultation shows strong support for changing that policy in the new Local Plan.
On Thursday 4 May 2017, there was a referendum on the neighbourhood development plan for Headington.
The question asked in the referendum was:
Do you want Oxford City Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Headington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
Results were announced late on Thursday 4 May 2017 and are shown below:
As is required by the legislation the City Executive Board (in June) and full Council (in July) will consider making (approving) the plan.
After the rounds of consultations, the City Council have had the Plan examined – a check by an independent planning professional to ensure that it meets the legislative requirements. The examiner’s report has now been received and, working with the City, the Steering Committee (SC) have been looking at some changes to meet his recommendations. The SC will be reporting on this at our Forum meeting on 8 February.
The City Council, as planning authority, will then make a decision whether the plan can go forward to a referendum. If the timing all works out, then it should be in time to have this coincide with the County Council elections in May 2017. Although not as exciting as some referendums we’ve had recently, it will give people on the electoral register in the Plan area the final say on whether the plan is adopted. If that passes, then the Plan will have to be taken into account in planning matters, but also in other City and County strategies.
A wide range of charts, graphs and statistics on Oxford as a whole and its wards and districts, produced by Oxford City Council’s Social Research Officer, are available on this website or on Oxford City’s website.
Comparisons of Oxford with other major cities and towns can be found at the centreforcities website.
Oxfordshire County Council is asking for the views of residents, workers and visitors to Headington on proposals to improve travel in and around the area.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not part of the Neighbourhood Plan consultation. It is an Oxfordshire County Council consultation.
See the OCC website for details.
The consultation starts on Friday 3rd July and will end on Friday 7th August 2015. Exhibitions will be held as follows:
Friday 3rd July, 13:00 – 20.00 – St Anthony’s of Padua, 115 Headley Way, Oxford
Saturday 4th July, 10:00 – 16:00 – New Marston Primary School, Copse Lane, Oxford
Thursday 9th July, 13:00 – 20:00 – Wood Farm School, Titup Hall Drive, Oxford
Saturday 11th July, 10:00 – 16:00 St. – Andrew’s Primary School, London Road, Oxford
The Headington Festival Weekend was such a success last year, that it is going to be even bigger and better this year!
At the festival the Headington Neighbourhood Forum will be consulting on its Draft Plan for Headington.
There are also competitions in the Headington shopping area in the week leading up to it.
A number of Headington shops are supporting an “Odd One Out” competition for children to take part in, and there will be a “Where in Headington Centre?” competition for adults.
Details and entry forms will be distributed to shops in the shopping area.
Headington Hill Park is one of the major open spaces in the Headington Neighbourhood Forum area and a new group to support the park has been formed by volunteers.
More details from Marie Power on power_marie(at)hotmail.com (replace (at) with @ – this is to confuse automatic email address scanners)
The annual membership fee is £3 (a suggested minimum) and one can join by sending a cheque or cash to David Colbeck, Treasurer, 17 London Place OX4 1BD, including a note of your name and contact details. Cheques should be made out to: Friends of Headington Hill Park. You can also donate/join by BACS.