Headington Headlines #385

Your weekly round-up of local news for 10 – 16 September.

The planning application for the Swan School, refused by East Area Planning Committee last week, has been called in by city councillors. This means the application – and the refusal – will be reconsidered by the Planning Review Committee. For more information see this post.

The Big Draw organisation is putting on another pavement chalking event in Headington centre next Saturday, 22 September.

Campaigners hoping to re-open the Somerset pub on Marston Road opened a ‘pop-up pub’ opposite the site for a few hours on Sunday.

The Headington & Marston e-democracy forum has come back to life with a discussion about parking on pavements and double yellow lines in Headington:

    • Parking enforcement

Swan School planning application refused.

The planning application for the Swan School (ref: 18/01173/FUL), refused by East Area Planning Committee on 5 September, has been called in by city councillors. This means the application – and the refusal – will be reconsidered by the Planning Review Committee. The minutes of the EAPC meeting show that the reasons for refusing the application were its impact on the Green Belt and a failure to ensure that access to the site gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists. The earliest date for the PRC to consider the matter is 10 October, though as yet this date is not definite.

At the EAPC meeting there were two votes on the application, the first to approve the application and the second to refuse it on the grounds mentioned above. Thanks to the report by Sophie Grubb (@OxMailSophieG) in the Oxford Mail we know that Councillors Nigel Chapman (Lab, Headington Hill & Northway), David Henwood (Lab, Cowley) and John Tanner (Lab, Littlemore) voted to approve the application; Shaista Aziz (Lab, Rose Hill & Iffley), Mary Clarkson (Lab, Marston), Alex Hollingsworth (Lab, Carfax), Mark Lygo (Lab, Churchill) and Roz Smith (LibDem, Quarry & Risinghurst) voted against. Stef Garden (LibDem, Headington) abstained, so the vote was 5-3 against the application with one abstention.

On the second vote, to refuse the application, the voting was the same (or more accurately, reversed) except that Shaista Aziz abstained instead of supporting the motion so the result was 4-3 in favour of refusal with two abstentions.

Headington Headlines #384

Your weekly round-up of local news for 3 – 9 September .

1970s Norwegian speedway star Dag Lövaas who rode for Oxford Rebels in 1975 is appearing at @TheAmpleforth in Risinghurst on Friday this week (14th).

The controversial planning application for the new Swan School in Marston was rejected by the East Area Planning Committee on Wednesday. You can be sure this won’t be the end of the story! There’s a good write-up by @OxMailSophieG in the Oxford Mail.

It’s becoming a habit. The Headington Beer Festival at @TheMasonsArmsHQ had, er, run out of beer by Sunday morning. The perils of success!

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

The Headington & Marston e-democracy forum remains comatose with no new posts again this week.