In May 2016 Homes for Oxford are bidding for the Mill site on behalf of a number of constituent organisations with compatible but distinct agendas, incorporating co-housing, social housing, self-building, etc. It is their intention to provide for community engagement and for the site to have intrinsic diversity, both architectural and social in the people attracted to live there, facilitating greater integration between the development and the existing village community. They consider that, if successful, they will be able to address the key issues that local people have raised about the development of the site. They are seeking support from the community
In February 2016 the Forum issued a statement on their concerns about building in this floodplain area: WNF statement on Flooding & Mill Site
On 1st December 2015 the West Area Planning Committee of the Oxford City Council voted in favour of granting planning permission for the Wolvercote Paper Mill site:
Agenda and Minutes of the meeting
At this meeting the Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum and Wolvercote Commoners’ Committee issued a joint statement in favour of development on the Paper Mill site but stating their concerns about its size and the consequent traffic, parking and other issues.
There are still concerns about the proposed number of houses and worries about traffic and school places, given the proposals in the Area Action Plan for the Northern Gateway.
Oxford City Council’s Sites and Housing Plan 2011 – 2016, Policy SP63, page 116.
To find out the current status of this site in the planning process, go to http://www.oxford.gov.uk/planningapplications
Click “View and comment on Planning Applications”
In the box under “Enter a keyword…” type “Wolvercote Paper Mill” and click “Search”.