1 Quarry High Street – Your Opportunity to Comment on the Appeal

The Local Planning Authority (LPA) have served an enforcement notice on the mews block development at 1 Quarry High Street and Mr Beecher has appealed. The case will now go to a public inquiry. 

This is now your chance to comment – comments must be received by Tues 29th March. Comments should be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and not Oxford City Council.

How to Comment

The easiest way is to go to the Planning Inspectorate website at Planning Inspectorate. The link should take you to the case directly, but if it does not, enter the case number APP/G3110/C/22/3292360 (you only need to enter the last seven figures). When you have located the case, enter your details and then your comments.

Depending on whether you support the enforcement notice or are against it you should start with:

  • ‘I support the LPA in issuing the enforcement notice’ and explain whether it is for the same reasons as given by the LPA or, if not, explain your own reasons; or
  • ‘I support the appellant in appealing against the enforcement notice’ and explain why

Friends of Quarry support the enforcement notice and will comment on why the Mews Block has not been built as the approved plans and  why it has caused unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. A key issue is that the height of the violin shop on the approved plans is almost 1m higher than it actually is, thus appearing to reduce the impact of the mews block.

If you would like to see all the documents submitted so far concerning the enforcement action they are available on the Oxford City Planning website. This will take you to the Enforcement tab, where you can enter the reference 18/00097/ENF

If you would like further information or help please contact Lawrence Kelly on 07767 884642

OxClean 2022, Quarry Hollow Park, 1400, 19 March

We will be organising another litter pick in the Quarry in support of OxClean. This year’s clean will take place on Saturday 19 March.

Please join us at the sandpit in Quarry Hollow Park at 1400 for up to two hours.

All equipment and instructions will be provided – please bring along your children to help.

We hope to see you there.

1 Quarry High Street – Update on Enforcement Appeal

An appeal against the Planning Enforcement notice against the development at 1 Quarry High Street has now been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate. Comments from interested parties , which include local residents, must be received by 29th March. Details on how to respond are on the Planning Inspectorate website.

Friends of Quarry will respond to the appeal on behalf of residents, but we also encourage you to respond individually.

A copy of the enforcement notice is available on our website for your information.

1 Quarry High Street – Important Update

We have been informed by Oxford City Council that a Planning Enforcement Notice has been served on the developers of the Mews Block at 1 Quarry High Street requiring that it be demolished and the site cleared. The notice was served on 5th January and will come into effect on 9th February. The owner then has 6 months to complete demolition and a further month to remove the rubble.

The owner can appeal before the notice comes into effect, in which case residents will have an opportunity to have their say. We will keep you updated.

Friends of Quarry have campaigned hard for over 2 years, with the support of our local councillors, residents, the Oxford Civic Society and our MP to highlight and represent the extent of planning breaches at this development to the City Planning Authorities. We are pleased that they have recognised the severity of these and are now taking action.

Controlled Parking Zone Update

The Headington Quarry controlled parking zone came into force on 15 February 2021. Any permits applied for at that time will expire on 15 February 2022.

It is likely that the County Council will write to permit holders to remind them to renew their permits, but as there have been postal delays recently, we wanted to make you aware in case no renewal letters are sent or they are delayed.

Renewal is possible up to 1 month before the existing permit expires on the County Council website.

A number of proposed changes to the controlled parking zone were approved at a County Council meeting on 16 December. More information is on the County Council website.

Christmas Services at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry

Holy Trinity Headington Quarry will be holding a series of Christmas Services. Details, including alternative ways to attend and Covid-19 safety precautions are available on their website.

Thursday Lunch Club, 1st and 3rd Thursday Monthly

A Thursday Lunch Club aims to provide a two course home cooked lunch for older people who live alone in the Headington area. It takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Corpus Christi Church Hall, Margaret Road. Before lunch, from about 12.30 guests are served drinks and nibbles, lunch is served at 1pm and after lunch there is tea or coffee and chocolates. More details are on the HTHQ website.

Boxing Day Mummers Play, 27 December 2021

Headington Quarry Morris Dancers will be holding their traditional Mummers Play on Boxing Day, 27 December, this year. Times will be confirmed in due course. Photos and details of previous events are on their website.

A Rough Tour of Quarry, 26 December 2021, 1030

Local resident Maurice East will be holding a Boxing Day walking tour of Quarry, including the Pubs, pits, wells, Romans and Roughs.

The tour is free, but to control numbers, please order a ticket via Eventbrite.

FOQ 2021 Annual General Meeting – Materials

The minutes of the 2020 AGM and accounts for 2021 are now available to view.