New Planning Application for a Mobile Mast in the Quarry

In 2021, an application for a mobile mast on Quarry Road was turned down after objections by residents and our councillors.

A new application for a 15m mast at a location slightly further along Quarry Road has now been submitted as 22/02405/T56. You can view and make comments before 23 November 2022 on the Oxford City Council planning portal.

Although this is a new application for a slightly different site, we feel that the impact is the same and will be responding to the planning application in the same way as we did for the last one.

We have prepared a flyer to show the impact of the mast and to provide you with contact details for your local Councillors, so that you can contact them to give your views on this planning application


Oxford Local Plan 2040 Consultation Open

Oxford City Council is embarking on the development of a new Local Plan. The Local Plan 2040 will set out the planning strategy for meeting the needs of the city and once adopted, will be used in determining planning applications for a wide range of development. It will set out where new homes, businesses and community facilities will be built to make Oxford a better place to live, work and visit. It will also look at how we can protect the things that make Oxford special such as open spaces, ecological habitat and areas of heritage. It will guide how development happens, helping to support the transition towards a zero-carbon city, ensuring high quality design, being conscious of health and wellbeing, and addressing inequalities. 

The consultation can be accessed on the City Council website.

Friends of Quarry AGM, 2000, 17 November 2022

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 2000 on 17 November 2022 in the Headington Quarry Village Hall. The evening will include a lecture on the history of the area.

More information on Friends of Quarry is on our website and in our flyer.

Headington Festival 2023 – Request for Volunteers

The much-enjoyed Headington Festival returns on 3/4 June 2023. It is organised by a small and enthusiastic team of residents under the leadership of Headington Action. We need new people in the team. Tasks are interesting, not onerous, and it is a delight to see everything coming together.

We would love you to join us in one of these roles:

  • Liaising with community and food stall holders.
  • Creating publicity material (posters, leaflets etc).
  • Recruiting and working with volunteers

No experience of Headington Festival needed. Just enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. Involvement is during the months January to June only.

Please contact Richard at or phone 07802 215517 for more information.

Upcoming Events at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry

Holy Trinity will be holding several events in October that all residents are very welcome to attend:

Sat 15th October – 3pm. ‘C.S. Lewis and Oxford’, Dr Michael Ward

Sat 29th October – 3pm. ‘The unlikely story of how Oxford invented the modern church’, Professor William Whyte.

Update: Crown and Thistle Planning Application

A planning application to demolish the Crown and Thistle and build up to 9 flats was submitted last January. This was later changed to Planning in Principle to develop the site for up to 9 flats (questions of design, demolition etc to be considered in later applications).

The application was called in by local councillors and considered at the Planning Meeting of 20th Sept. Planning officers agreed that the owners had not made sufficient effort to maintain the pub as a going concern but recommended the application be approved.

Councillors considered that approving the application would set an unacceptable precedent and rejected the application. If approved it would signal to developers that a building could be left to decay in the hope that demolition and development would then be approved.

Multi-activity Hub, including a Community Café Proposed for Bury Knowle Park

A multi-activity hub, including a community cafe and new toilets, is being proposed for Bury Knowle Park. The developer, Courtside, is carrying out a public consultation on the plans. More details and the survey are available online or in the attached flyer.

Those without internet access can complete the questionnaire at a library.

Consultation on Proposed Traffic Filters

Oxfordshire County Council are proposing six trial traffic filters on key routes across Oxford to improve bus services and journey times, reduce walking and cycling accidents and improve air quality across the city. They are proposing to introduce them under an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) from summer 2023.

Anyone can provide feedback on the proposed trial by filling in the consultation survey, which will be open from 5 September (12 noon) to 3 October 2022 (midnight) and only needs to be completed once.

Further information, including the consultation brochure, supporting information and documents. as well as the location maps are on available on the consultation website.

August Newsletter

We are pleased to publish our August Newsletter. which has also been posted to all houses in the Quarry.

Please note that the printed version of the newsletter has been produced in a smaller format which enables us to print in colour whilst keeping costs down. We would be interested in your views on the change of format.

Temporary Road Closure – Pitts Road, 4 August 2022

For your information: A request has been received from Lanes Group for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Oxford, Pitts Road whilst sewer cleaning and maintenance works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 04 August 2022 to and including the 04 August 2022. This will operate between 09:00 and 15:30

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the Traffic Order and a drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic are available on our website.