West Way Community Concern

New – (4th June) – another application relating to the temporary retail units has been submitted, ref V18/V1239/FUL. This is to to pick up the change of use for Branches and relocation of Chancellors and car-parking changes. Open for consultation until 28th June 2018 (3rd June) The application to change plans (P17/V3298/FUL) was considered by Planning Committee on 30th May

For more detail on the history of this application, especially the impact on Arthay Road of the previous proposals and WWCC comments, see our resources page. (27 April) Construction Environmental Management Plan, Planning Application P18/V1029/DIS Discharge conditions on application ref. P16/V0246/FUL. See more information and links to applications here.

Following the Preferred Options consultation in March 2017 and the gathering of evidence, the Vale District Council are nearly ready to submit their Local Plan 2031 Part 2 for independent examination.

They have opened a six week publicity period between Wednesday 11 October and Wednesday 22 November 2017. Read more here. —————————————————————————————————————- Revisions to plans for the full development ( P16/V0246/FUL)

Oxfordshire County council has published their proposal for a single, county-wide unitary authority for Oxfordshire. This would disband all six of the current councils (County, Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, Oxford City, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire) and there would be new elections for the new council. You can read about it on the one-oxfordshire web site . The proposals have been formally supported by a unanimous vote at the Vale of White Horse District Council. Neighbourhood Plans

The developers of Seacourt Retail Park have submitted an application to combine a number of the proposed units to allow Marks and Spencers Food to operate from the combined unit. See planning application P16/V3227/FUL. Consultation closed on 2nd February 2017. Vale’s Target Decision Date is now 21st April 2017. Next Steps for WWCC 1 Monitoring the development

We will be working with the Vale development enforcement officers to ensure that all the conditions placed on the developers are complied with. If you become aware of any activity which is against the planning conditions, then you can raise your concerns via the Vale’s website . Planning reference is P16/V0246/FUL. Vale’s planning web-site is here.

The CLG includes our elected representatives (District, County, Parish) and reps from community groups and organisations such as WWCC, the Churches, schools, youth club, Brookes etc. Mace will continue to update the community as the works progress. Residents with queries for Mace can contact Matt Browne at matt@spbroadway.com or 0203 405 3460.

We understand from the Planning Officer that Mace are not proposing any ‘affordable’ housing but instead are proposing that 10% of the flats would be ‘starter homes’ sold at 80% of market value. These ‘starter homes’ would be one bedroom flats. We don’t believe that people in average jobs, or key workers, would be able to afford these prices. If you support the need for affordable housing please include this in your comments, urge the Planning officer to require real affordable housing in the development. You may also want to write to the Vale Councillors about this issue. Read our West Way Blog

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