Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 (Part 1) Partial Review – Oxford’s Unmet Need

‘Examination in Public’ hearings

Details for the ‘Examination in Public’ hearing are as follows:

Day 1: 5th February 2019, 9.30 a.m.

Matter 1.  Legal Compliance   

1.  Are there any SA or legal compliance matters that anyone wishes to raise?              

Matter 2.  Unmet  Need            

2.  Does the ‘working assumption’ that 4,400 homes is the correct apportionment of Oxford’s unmet need to Cherwell remain applicable?

Matter 3.  Spatial Strategy      

3.  (Not before 2 p.m.) If it does, is the strategy of directing the majority of the development designed to meet that need to land that is currently in the Green Belt soundly based?  

Day 2: 6th February 2019, 9.30 a.m.

Matter             4. North Oxford

1.  If 4,400 is the correct apportionment, and the strategy is soundly based, are the individual sites chosen in (a) North Oxford (Draft Policies PR6a, PR6b and PR6c) reasonable?           

Matter             5.  Kidlington    

2. (Not before 2 p.m.) Ditto for (b) Kidlington (Policies PR7a and PR7b).                      

Day 3: 12th February 2019,  9.30 a.m.

Matter             6. Begbroke       

1.  If 4,400 is the correct apportionment, and the strategy is soundly based, are the individual sites chosen in (c) Begbroke (Draft Policy PR8) reasonable?             

Matter             7.  Yarnton         

2.  (Not before 2 p.m.) Ditto for (d) Yarnton (Policy PR9).  

Matter             8.  Woodstock   

3.  On the same basis, is the proposed allocation in  (e) Woodstock (Policy PR10) reasonable? 

Day 4: 13th February 2019, 9.30 a.m.

Matter             9.  Other Policies             

1. Are there any issues with the specific wording of Draft Policies (a) PR1; (b) PR2; (c) PR3; (d) PR4a; (e) PR4b; (f) PR5; (g) PR11; (h) PR12a and PR12b; and (i) PR13?      

2. (Not before 2 p.m.) Are there any other matters?

The meetings will be held at: The Council Chamber, Cherwell District Council Offices, Bodicote House, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury,  OX15 4AA.  Hearings are public meetings and interested persons are welcome to attend, listen, and observe, even if not taking part.                     




Victims First

Have you been a victim of crime or abuse?

Being a victim or a witness of a crime can be an emotional and difficult time.

Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime or abuse, as well as family members of victims. It is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

A Victims First Officer can discuss any emotional or practical needs you may have and work with you to put a tailored support plan in place. This could involve referring you to a specialist service such as services for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The type of assistance available includes telephone and face to face support, advocacy including help to access other services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol services and legal services, support through the criminal justice system (if you have reported the crime to the police) and therapeutic counselling. A Young Victims Service is also available to anyone under 18 and works with young people to help them cope with the effects of crime.

To speak to a Victims First Officer about any of the services and to receive support please call 0300 1234 148.

You can also find more information or make a referral for support online at www.victims-first.org.uk

Sarah Stokes, PR and Communication Support Officer,

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, The Farmhouse, Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Kidlington OX5 2NX, www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk


Oxford City's Unmet Housing Need: Result of Inspector's Preliminary Hearing


The Yarnton Memorial - the story so far

Over the years many people from the village have asked the question: Why haven’t we got a war memorial? After all, most of the surrounding villages have got one.  In the Great War (World War I, 1914-18) Yarnton lost fourteen men killed in action (as well as many wounded). The population of Yarnton at the time was approximately 309 – so the large percentage in terms of dead and wounded had a significant impact on the village.  In World War II (1939-1945) Yarnton lost four men killed in action (as well as wounded), the population at the time being approximately 637.  Yet again the small farming community of Yarnton was profoundly affected by these events.

However, as time went by the above events seemed to fade into the background.  It was not until recently that the subject of erecting a war memorial came to the fore, prompted by the fact that in November 2018 it would be the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. The vicar of Yarnton at the time, the Reverend Nathan Jarvis, formed a small committee of like-minded villagers who thought that the village should have a memorial.  The committee at the time consisted of Nathan Jarvis, Paul Tweddle, Greg Morris and Robin Hearn.  The committee learned that the Co-op (Funeral Care) could help with funding some of the money towards the cost.  After discussions the Co-op agreed to fund the majority of the money - £4224.  However, this still meant that the committee had to raise a significant amount to complete the task.  A site was agreed on – the small green opposite the Royal British Legion in Rutten Lane.  Planning permission was obtained from Cherwell District Council. However, the present committee decided that there was a more suitable site on the same small green and re-applied for planning permission, but these things take time!

About eighteen months ago the committee lost Greg Morris (work commitments) and the Reverend Nathan Jarvis who moved to pastures anew. This left Paul Tweddle and myself to carry on. It was around this time that I asked a friend of mine, Ted O’Brien, if he would like to join the committee and help complete this project. Ted had always been a keen advocate of Yarnton having a war memorial, and in the last year Ted and I have taken over the task of getting things brought to a successful conclusion.  This has involved fund raising, dealing with various authorities, as well as collaborating with Brian Stovold, Ann Rivers and Barbara Dunn and the team at the Co-op.  I must thank the above for their generosity in time and effort. I would also like to acknowledge all of those who have given so generously to this project: village organisations, as well as very handsome donations made by individual villagers – you know who you are – thank you all.

The war memorial stone is dark Indian Granite.  It will stand five feet tall and is obelisk in form.  Underneath the plaque that bears the names of the fallen there is a legend carved into the stone:

‘Lest we forget’

‘The village did not forget’

In time I hope this memorial will become an integral part of the village, and also serve as a permanent reminder of the past – as well as a beacon of hope to a peaceful future.

A service will be held on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 11 a.m. at the memorial – All villagers welcome. Robin Hearn