Draft Plan – discussions with Oxford City Council Planners

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.

HNF Update

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.


Draft Plan Consultation

The consultation is now completed.  Many thanks to all the many people who took part. The Steering Committee have analysed the feedback and held discussions with interested parties in order to amend the Draft Plan.  The results were brought to the Forum Annual General Meeting on October 2nd.

2nd October 2015 HNF Posterv2

The Headington Neighbourhood Forum’s Draft Plan  was published on Sunday 31 May 2015.  It can be viewed and discussed at the Headington Hub (125 London Road) on the next six Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm (until July 11th).

The Character Assessments of Headington done in conjunction with the Draft Plan can be found here.

All aspects of the draft plan are up for discussion on on any of these days but there will be a focus on one particular area of the draft plan, as follows:
∗  6th June  Amenities & Green Spaces
∗ 13th June Character & Identity
∗ 20th June Housing
∗ 27th June Education
∗ 4th July    Business & Retail
∗ 11th July  Transport


Transport Access to Headington

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

Headington Festival – Sat 30 & Sun 31 May 2015

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.

Friends of Headington Hill Park

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.