The future of GP and primary care services in Oxfordshire

Local GP practices have been working with Oxfordshire CCG and patient representatives on plans for the future of GP and primary care services in Oxfordshire.

Throughout the summer your GP practice has joined others in Oxfordshire to talk about how they currently work, what problems they regularly face and how they could work better. We have also been talking to Patient Participation Groups to find out more about the patient experience, listening to what patients feel is important and their ideas for change.

From this ongoing engagement work with patients, GPs and clinicians in your local area, we have identified the challenges each locality faces, their priorities and how those priorities could be met.

If you are interested in helping to shape the future of GP services in Oxfordshire please book to attend one of the following events for your locality:

West Oxfordshire Locality (Witney, Carterton, Eynsham and surrounding villages/towns):  Wednesday 8 November
St John The Evangelist School Hall, Bluebell Way, Carterton OX18 1JF
6.30pm – 8pm

North Oxfordshire Locality (Chipping Norton, Banbury, Bloxham and surrounding villages):
Tuesday 14 November
Chipping Norton Town Hall
7.30pm – 9pm

North Oxfordshire Locality (Banbury, Chipping Norton, Bloxham and surrounding villages):  Tuesday 21 November
Banbury (Venue TBC)
6.30pm – 8pm

South West Locality (Faringdon, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and surrounding villages):  Wednesday 22 November
Didcot Civic Hall, Didcot, OX11 7HN
6.30pm – 8pm

Oxford City Locality:  
Thursday 23 November
St Gregory the Great School, Cricket Road, Oxford, OX4 3DR
6.30pm – 8pm

South East Locality (Wallingford, Henley-on-Thames, Benson, Thame, Chinnor, Sonning Common and surrounding villages):
Tuesday 28 November
The George Hotel, High Street, Wallingford, OX10 0BS
6.30pm – 8pm

North East Locality (Bicester, Kidlington, Woodstock and surrounding villages):  
Thursday 30 November
The Littlebury Hotel, Kings End, Bicester, OX26 6DR
6.30pm – 8pm

These events will include a short presentation followed by round table discussions.  Further information about these events are available online and if you are unable to attend but would like to have your say there is a short online survey available here:  https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/LocalityPlansOxon/consultationHome

To book your place and get more information please email [email protected] or call 01865 334638.

Julia Stackhouse Senior Communications & Engagement Manager

 NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

 Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2LH

Tel:         01865 334 638 e-mail     [email protected]

Mob:       07789 946562

Website:  www.scwcsu.nhs.uk



Has anyone found a crystal stone bracelet?  It was lost between The Garth and Poppy Close late in the evening of 21st October.

If you have any information, please contact Gaynor White on 01865 433770.


Our Bus Bartons - new timetable

Our Bus Bartons provides a weekly service on a Tuesday from Middle Barton via Yarnton to Kidlington – see timetable below.  No service on public holidays.  For further information, tel. 01869 699699, or www.ourbusbartons.org.uk



Yarnton Parish Council response to Planning Policy Consultation

Planning Policy Consultation, Planning Policy Team, Strategic Planning and the Economy, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 4AA.

2nd October 2017 

Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 (Part 1)

Partial Review – Oxford’s Unmet Housing Need

Yarnton Parish Council objects to the Partial Review for the reasons listed below.

Proposed Submission Plan

Policy PR3: The Oxford Green Belt

Policies PR8 and PR9 propose removal of specified areas of land from the Oxford Green Belt.  This proposal is not consistent with National Policy and is thus UNSOUND.

The ‘exceptional circumstances’ justifying this removal of the Green Belt listed at para 5.17 (page 66) are largely implausible and represent a rather pathetic planning exercise to shoehorn in a sufficient number of homes close to Oxford City without regard to the identity of the existing villages of Yarnton and Begbroke, and without effective infrastructure.  The Plan Policies PR8 and PR9 are not justified and thus the Plan is UNSOUND.

Policy PR8Land East of A44 (Begbroke)

The site lies wholly within the Oxford Green Belt.  Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy ESD 14 (page 114) seeks to prevent the coalescence of settlements and has a strong role in preventing the coalescence of Yarnton, Begbroke and Kidlington.

Policy PR8 has been titled ‘Begbroke’ despite the bulk of the proposed housing lying in Yarnton Parish and being adjacent to the existing Yarnton settlement. Just where the ‘separation’ of Yarnton and Begbroke would be is not obvious. This despite Partial Review Page 118, Para 5.110, point 5 stating ‘the necessity to retain the separate identities of Begbroke, Yarnton and Kidlington’

Policy PR8 is not consistent with National Policy and thus is UNSOUND

Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy Villages 1 (page 246) categorises Yarnton and Begbroke as Category A villages. The policy only allows minor development, infilling or conversion in, or alongside these villages.

Policy PR8 is in complete contradiction of Policy Villages 1, and the Plan is inconsistent and thus, UNSOUND.

Policy PR9 – Land West of A44 (Yarnton)

Site lies wholly within the Oxford Green Belt.  Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy ESD 14 seeks to safeguard the countryside from encroachment.  Policy ESD 13 seeks to secure the enhancement of the character, and appearance of the landscape, particularly in urban fringe locations.

Policy PR9 is not consistent with National Policy and thus is UNSOUND

Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy Villages 1 categorises Yarnton as a Category A village. Thus only minor development, infilling or conversion is allowable in or alongside this settlement. Policy PR9 is in complete contradiction of Policy Villages 1, and the Plan is inconsistent and thus is UNSOUND

Policy PR8 (land east of A44) is entitled ‘Begbroke’ in this submission plan.  Thus Policy PR9 – land west of Yarnton is only the width of the A44 from PR8. Hardly the separation of settlements required by Local Plan 2011-2031 Policy ESD14 which seeks the separate identities of Yarnton and Begbroke.

Policy PR9 is not consistent with National Policy and thus is UNSOUND


Infrastructure Schedule

Project 6 (Page 165)

Bus lane improvement along the A44 Begbroke to Loop Farm.

This ‘proposal’ is physically and financially impossible owing to the restrictive widths of railway and canal bridge crossings plus the underpasses at Peartree Interchange. Further restricted by Project 11a (Page 167) being ‘cycle and pedestrian improvements along A44 between Bladon Roundabout and Peartree Roundabout’, the so called ‘Rapid Transit’ route along the A44 (only capable of funding if Government grants are forthcoming) is little more than a pipe dream and cannot be used to justify large scale housing development adjacent to the A44 at Yarnton and Begbroke.  The infrastructure proposals are not justified, nor effective and the Plan is UNSOUND.

Policy PR8 Land East of the A44

Development Brief

18f – The closure of Sandy Lane to motor vehicles. (Page 123)

This road has long been recognised by Oxfordshire County Council as a key alternative route should there be problems on A44 or A4260. It’s importance is recognised even to the extent of providing winter maintenance (salting) during cold weather. The closure of an existing highway, a vital link between Yarnton and Kidlington, without providing a suitable alternative route is just not justified. The proposal is UNSOUND

As the Parish Council representing a village that will be affected greatly by the proposed developments, we would like the opportunity to participate in the oral part of the examination.

Yours sincerely,

Lynne Whitley, Clerk to the Council, Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1TE

tel. 01865 378476, E-mail: [email protected]