CIL projects: 1st round

The Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum Steering Committee met on 22 October 2021, and made the following recommendations for Community Projects to be allocated CIL funding. These recommendations will now be taken to the City Council by the local City Councillors. For more details, see the WNF website.

Defribrillator for Five Mile Drive / Lakeside area: Not recommended for funding.
A34 sound survey: Not recommended for funding.
John Rowland portrait and clock: Recommended for funding.
Five Mile Drive notice board: Recommended for funding.
Harbord Road traffic survey: Not recommended for funding.
Blandford Avenue & Sunderland Avenue area traffic calming: Not recommended for funding at this stage.
Cutteslow Park Woodland Trail: Recommended for funding.
White Hart Pub & market garden): Recommended for funding.
Davenant Road – traffic calming Phase 2: Not recommended for funding at this stage.
Tree planting on Nixey’s Field): Recommended for funding.
Lower Wolvercote playground improvement: Not recommended for funding at this stage.
Godstow Road canal steps improvement: Application withdrawn.

Canalside, Oxford North – Public Consultation

From a communication from the Oxford North developers: 

“Hill is preparing a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) for Canalside, part of Oxford North. Canalside forms the area to the south of the A40 and will deliver the first phase of new homes, public park, streets, and landscaping.
As part of Oxford North’s continued community engagement, we invite you to join a public consultation event between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 27th November 2021 at Jurys Inn, Godstow Rd, Oxford.
Here you can view our proposals and discuss the timescales for our application.
Most importantly, we are seeking your views on the application and the project team will
be on hand to answer any questions you may have.”
“If you do plan to attend we are implementing a booking system to maintain social distancing and to reduce the risk of COVID spreading.
Please email: oxfordnorth@hill.co.uk or phone: 0800 032 6760 to reserve an hour time slot.
9:00-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:00 12:00-1:00″

For more details see the flyer about the meeting.

CIL-funded Community Projects – comments invited.

Applications for eleven projects in the WNF area were received in the first round (closing date 7th October). 
Comments from the community are encouraged to help the steering committee make decisions on funding. 
The deadline for comments to be received has been extended to 21st October 2021.
See http://www.wolvercotenf.org.uk/cil-funded-projects/ for more details.

The Wolvercote Neighbourhood Plan is now ‘MADE’

…That was the term used when the plan was officially accepted by the full City Council on 23rd June 2012, following the referendum landslide. It means that our Plan, like the Local Plan, now has to be considered in deciding planning applications. It also means that the community is entitled to a larger share of the money from local developments. If you want to see how it happened on Wednesday 23 June look at the City Council’s YouTube channel.
Christopher Hardman , Steering Committee Chair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY-6gwy0FuU: from 05:05

Urgent: Oxford North

It is urgent because the closing date for comments on the current planning application is 26 May. See the application on the City Council website ref: 21/ 01053/Res
https://public.oxford.gov.uk/onl…/applicationDetails.do…

Work on Oxford North Phase One will start soon and construction will affect local residents. Now is the time to tell planners what you think about the detailed proposals and also what might be done to minimise damage to nature, pollution, congestion, and disturbance from noise. Everyone will be affected by proposals for soil movement and lorry movement on the A40, A44, and at the Wolvercote roundabout.

If you live in Goose Green Close, Rawson Close , Mere Road, Millway Close, the tops of Woodstock Road and Godstow Road, Linkside or Lakeside, you will want to look carefully at the proposals for the times and days on which work will be done and when deliveries to the site are proposed.

Lower Wolvercote Surgery – decision delayed

The West Area Planning Committee two days ago delayed making a decision, by seven votes to two, on the change of use application for the surgery space and workshops to flats until the next meeting. The Committee was seeking clarification of a number of issues. This provides a little time but there is no presumption that it means that an eventual decision will be to reject the planning application, perhaps quite the contrary. However, we will continue to do what we can and keep you in the picture.

Thanks again to all of you who commented to the Council on this planning application.

Education funding for Oxford North – Threat to funding for our community projects

Background information to letter to Oxford Times 17/12/20 “Council Clash Brewing”

It will cost £2.62m to expand Wolvercote School and provide the school places
needed by the 480 homes planned for Oxford North. The County Council, responsible
for the provision of education, was clear that it would object to the planning
application for the development unless the funding was secured. The City Council has
now chosen to ignore the County Council’s objection and approve the application
without making any provision for education funding.

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Noise from A34 and Community Infrastructure Levy

The local support for attenuation measures on the A34 was overwhelming in the comments on applications for CIL money. Unfortunately, the proposal for a survey would not result in a specific proposal for infrastructure, and CIL money can only be used for infrastructure. A costed proposal, for example for sound barriers, approved by the Highways authority, would be something that could call on CIL funds, but that is not likely in the immediate future.
A survey might lead to Highways England, in due course, setting up a survey of their own. This might result in their considering that the noise was sufficient to propose a scheme for attenuation measures. Their most recent view is that this is not the case. Their mind needs to be changed. It will not be easy or quick.
The letters from the Minister and from Highways England sent to our MP ( letter1 : letter2 ) make clear where we are at the moment.
We support the effort to raise money for the survey because this at present is the only way forward, but unfortunately it is not a project for which it is permitted to use CIL money.
 
Christopher Hardman
Chair Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum
 

November 2021: CIL-funded Community Projects – Recommendations for Funding.

The WNF Steering Committee met on 22 October 2021, and made the following recommendations for Community Projects to be allocated CIL funding. These recommendations will now be taken to the City Council by the local City Councillors. For more details, see the minutes of the meeting.

  • Defribrillator for Five Mile Drive / Lakeside area (view): Not recommended for funding.
  • A34 sound survey (view): Not recommended for funding.
  • John Rowland portrait and clock (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Five Mile Drive notice board (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Harbord Road traffic survey (view): Not recommended for funding.
  • Blandford Avenue & Sunderland Avenue area traffic calming (view): Not recommended for funding at this stage.
  • Cutteslow Park Woodland Trail (view): Recommended for funding.
  • White Hart Pub & market garden (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Davenant Road – traffic calming Phase 2 (view): Not recommended for funding at this stage.
  • Tree planting on Nixey’s Field (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Lower Wolvercote playground improvement (view): Not recommended for funding at this stage.
  • Godstow Road canal steps improvement (view): Application withdrawn.

November 2021: Canalside, Oxford North – Public Consultation

From a communication from the Oxford North developers: 

“Hill is preparing a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) for Canalside, part of Oxford North. Canalside forms the area to the south of the A40 and will deliver the first phase of new homes, public park, streets, and landscaping.
As part of Oxford North’s continued community engagement, we invite you to join a public consultation event between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 27th November 2021 at Jurys Inn, Godstow Rd, Oxford.
Here you can view our proposals and discuss the timescales for our application.
Most importantly, we are seeking your views on the application and the project team will
be on hand to answer any questions you may have.”
“If you do plan to attend we are implementing a booking system to maintain social distancing and to reduce the risk of COVID spreading.
Please email: oxfordnorth@hill.co.uk or phone: 0800 032 6760 to reserve an hour time slot.
9:00-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:00 12:00-1:00″

For more details see the flyer about the meeting.