Headington Headlines #98

Here’s my rather planning-heavy weekly round-up of local news for 4 – 10 February.

Warneford Lane is closed for resurfacing between Morrell Avenue and Gipsy Lane. The closure is scheduled to last two weeks.

Greg, the Gregg’s pigeon, struck again closing the shop once more.

The multi-use sports facility at Peat Moors (west of The Slade opposite Wood Farm) reopened after a £40,000 refurbishment.

Oxford City Council installed three new bench seats on the pavement up Headington Hill. The bottom one looks out across South Park; the middle and upper ones face the other side of the cutting.

The details of the proposed Haboakus developments in Northway finally went public, though they seem to have sidestepped the Council’s planning search system. Writing on the e-democracy forum Councillor Roy Darke reports that there will be a public meeting in Cowley on 20 Feb – details not yet available. Background and links on the ‘Development‘ page.

The East Area Planning Forum took place in the Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The Committee agreed to extend @Ruskin_College‘s planning permission for new residential blocks. Item 117 in the Council Minutes refers.

@EFOxford want to install a circular stone seat within their own grounds as the piece of ‘public art’ they are required to provide under a planning permission granted earlier. The artist’s proposal looks artistic enough, but is it right to describe it as public? You can comment here.

Martin Young has submitted yet another planning application for 29 Old High Street. This one is for the “partial demolition of existing house and demolition of existing garages and outbuildings. Erection of two storey side and rear extension. Provision of new access, car parking and turning area. Rebuilding of stone boundary wall”. It’s reference 13/00311/FUL, but there are no details yet so nothing to comment on.

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

  • Traffic lights
  • Saxon Way bus gate
  • Redevelopment of Northway
  • Church Bells in Ferry Rd, Marston
  • Badgers
I try to cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week’s summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.