Update: we have made the decision to cancel this event. We aim to reschedule it for later this year.
If you have bought tickets already, you will be refunded.
We will be hosting a cheese and wine evening in the Village Hall on 20 March, starting at 2000. Musical entertainment will be provided.
Tickets are £8 and are available from:
- Jan Wheeler: 7 Coppock Close or on 01865 765290,
- Jonny Ives: 1 New Cross Road or on 07884 137282
It will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and an enjoyable evening.
We hope to see you there.
The development at 1 Quarry High Street of six three-storey town houses received planning permission in September 2006. As part of this permission a number of conditions were applied to the development which had to fulfilled before construction was begun.
Construction on houses began last year and in September we realized that the building was too high and too large for the site and informed Planning Enforcement at the City Council of our concerns. In discussions with them they have agreed that the building is too high, but they have consistently down-played our other concerns. They have also suggested that the increase in height is relatively minor, something which we simply do not accept. No accurate estimate of the height has been made available to us.
The letter granting permission to build contained a number of conditions which had to be fulfilled and some of these had to be completed before building was started. These included a proper site survey to ensure that the development could be fitted into the site and a survey of contamination on the site. In initial discussions with the Enforcement team we became aware that records pertaining to these could not be found. Currently this remains the case at least one condition. We note that recently another condition, also intended to be done before the building started, about getting permission for the facing materials to be used to cover the building has appeared on the planning site. We still have not, despite asking to do so, seen any evidence that the other conditions have been fulfilled, though we have had reassurances that they have.
As a result of contacting Enforcement we were told in November that the builder had been asked to submit a retrospective planning application. However we have doubts that this has happened as the time limit for such an application has passed and nothing has appeared on the planning website. In discussion with the authorities we have pressed to see the paperwork relating to the planning conditions and the enforcement reports. Despite freedom of information requests this has not been possible, due to legal reasons. Currently we are trying to meet with the planning and enforcement team to discuss these issues, and have submitted another freedom of information request for all the paperwork relating to the initial granting of planning permission.
We continue to work with our local Councillors to try and find out what is happening and intend to hold a public meeting when we are clear as to what happened and what remedies might be available.
Do want your chance to comment on the development of 6 three storey town houses at 1 Quarry High Street?
If so then follow this link, which is to an application to get permission to use specific materials as building facings. This is to fulfill one of the necessary conditions in the original letter granting permission for the development which was granted in 2006. Note the condition was supposed to have been fulfilled before the building began. The link is here.
Several residents have pointed out that the Council no longer sweeps pavements and alleys to remove fallen leaves. These surfaces can become slippery and thus dangerous, especially on sloping ground.
The Council will usually respond if a specific place is reported by residents. So if there is a pavement or alley or other public space which you think needs clearing of leaves please contact the Council on https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20097/report_it_online/176/report_litter or phone 01865 249811.
Headington Action will be holding the Christmas Light Switch On on 30 November at 1600.
More details are on the Headington Action Website.
As previously notified, we will be holding our 2019 AGM in the Headington Quarry Village Hall on 14 November.
We will start at 2000 and there will be an opportunity to join Friends of Quarry or renew your membership beforehand.
The agenda and the minutes of last year’s AGM are attached.
FOQ AGM agenda 2019
FoQ end of year accounts 2019 (Updated)
We hope to see you on Thursday.
We are not having very much luck with the weather for our bulb planting. The forecast for tomorrow looks bad, so we have made the decision to delay for a day. So, we’ll be doing the planting at 1000 tomorrow, 3 November.
We hope that the weather will hold up and that you are able to join us.