Headington Headlines #389

Your weekly round-up of local news for 8 – 14 October .

The city council is expected to award a contract next week for a total of seven bungalows to be built at two sites – Mortimer Drive in Marston and Bracegirdle Road in Wood Farm. They will be owned by the council and let at social rents. The new homes will be built off-site (I think we used to call these ‘prefabs’ a long time ago) by a specialist contractor. The Council’s report says they “will be the first delivered in Oxford under the recently signed housing deal attracting £55,000 per home, greatly reducing the cost of their provision to the Council”.

The BP petrol station at the Headley Way/Cherwell Drive junction was out of petrol for several days. Delivery trucks couldn’t get onto the site because of Access to Headington works. Ironic, some might say.

There was a distraction burglary, or attempted burglary, on Friday last week (5 October) in Mattock Close. Three men got entry after one said he was from ‘the water board’.

A memorial bench to ‘one of the best-known Irishmen in Oxford’, Billy Munnelly, has been installed in the Croft Road recreation ground in Marston.

The planning application to build two houses fronting onto Woodlands Road (see HH364) has been refused. The Notice of Refusal sets out the reasons – basically trying to squeeze too much into an unsuitable site.

There were no new posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

Headington Headlines #388

Your weekly round-up of local news for 1 – 7 October .

In an incident that will play into the hands of the anti-Barton Park campaigners in Northway, a 13 year old boy was injured three weeks ago when he was hit by a car at the new light-controlled crossing on the A40. The car driver didn’t stop and the police are belatedly asking for witnesses or information.

A new Couch to 5k programme started on Thursday at Bury Knowle Park. It’s probably not too late to join in; this well-established programme is designed to get you fit with a gentle progression up to running 5 kilometres.

I went to see A2Dominion’s pre-application exhibition of their plans to redevelop the Ivy Lane flats at the JR and to build some new accommodation on Churchill Drive. My brief report is here.

A small scheme (planning ref: 18/01964/FUL) to widen the access to Headington School from Headley Way was approved this week. The wider opening will mean vehicles can drive in from Headley Way without having to wait on the road if another vehicle is trying to get out. The drawing below, submitted as part of the planning application, seems to show that the changed layout won’t interfere with the new cycle track to be built as part of Access to Headington.

Widening access from Headley Way
Widening access from Headley Way
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The papers have been published for the Planning Review Committee meeting on Monday 15 October to review the refusal of planning permission for the Swan School. The recommendation is to overturn the earlier decision and grant permission.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Swan school planning application review

Headington Headlines #387

Your weekly round-up of local news for 24 – 30 September .

There will be a public exhibition of plans to redevelop the Ivy Lane flats on the JR site and build more homes at the Churchill. The exhibition is this Tuesday (2 October) from 4 – 7pm at Arthur Sanctuary House, Sandfield Road.

St Andrew’s School @sasastandrews1‘s bid for Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ funding was successful. They can now set up a mobile library!

The refurbished Six Bells pub in Quarry had a soft opening on Friday with a good report from @RosalindRogers. The full opening is expected this week.

Is this the end of rogue parking in Latimer Road?

A technical omission in the original planning permission for Barton Park means the City Council will have to try to amend the timetable for ‘reserved matters’. They will be hoping there are no objections, otherwise there coud be a lengthy delay.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Swan school planning application review