Proposed Apple Orchard

The Parish Council is exploring the idea of a Yarnton village apple orchard on two of the three community grassed areas between The Paddocks and the bridge leading to Bernard Close.  The aim is to bring back some Oxfordshire heritage variety apple trees which have been lost to this area, provide free apples for Yarnton villagers, encourage wildlife conservation and provide a tranquil area to rest for a while and enjoy the sunshine. We would welcome residents’ observations regarding the proposal which can be sent by email to [email protected] or in writing to Yarnton Parish Council, Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, OX5 1TE.  If any village organisations or individuals would be interested in sponsoring a tree please let us know as soon as possible. We are on a time limit as preferably the trees need to be planted by late April for this year. It's an exciting project which would enhance this area of the village and help foster a community spirit for all ages. 



The custom of residents volunteering their services for the benefit of others in Yarnton has long been maintained, and envied by surrounding villages. Our village has a number of organisations that rely solely on voluntary participation for their organisation and management to ensure continuity for the future. Many existing volunteers are themselves elderly and finding it difficult to maintain their involvement. Unfortunately a number of these organisations are experiencing difficulty in attracting volunteers, to the point where their future is in grave doubt. Below is a list of Yarnton organisations with contact details that are looking to recruit new volunteers:

Surgery/Hospital transport - Mick Teeling - 01865  376801

Fortnightly Shopping Bus - Fred Jones - 01865  373871

Yarnton Lunch Club - David Poulton - 01865  374158

Yarnton Seniors Club - Jose Green  - 01865  375644

Yarnton Village News Delivery - Frances Peck - 01865 374708

Yarnton Women's Institute - Ruth Astall - 01865 372637

Yarnton Gardening Club - Ruth Astall - 01865 372637

Yarnton Care Committee - Bernie Connors - 01865 372944

All of these organisations exist for the benefit of Yarnton residents and contribute enormously to the well-being of our more elderly in particular. Some voluntary involvement can be for as little as perhaps one hour per month but is vital to the bigger picture. Time is precious to us all but spending just a small amount of time for our community cannot be better spent.

Please consider how you could possibly help to maintain these vital services.

Any time that you could contribute would be greatly appreciated by your community.

Further information can be obtained from the contact details above.


Yarnton Parish Council



Dog mess and other litter

Could you once again remind people not to let their dogs dump in Frogwelldown Lane in front of our property or leave poo bags for us to pick up and dispose of, which is not very nice to have to do!!
We accept after many many years that we have to pick up cans, cigarette packets, chip wrappers, crisp bags every week and other unsavoury items thrown in the Lane. but dog poo bags really are not nice.
I do wish people in the village would be more considerate of their unwanted rubbish!!! Would they like it if I disposed of my dog poo bags in the front of their homes??  I guess not!


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



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]