Connected Communities Week, w/c 25 May

Next week, beginning 25th May, is Connected Communities Week in Headington.

The aim is to enable people to get to know more people and increase neighbourliness – and have a good time!

There is a programme of events. See the full timetable on the Headington Action website, or you can find a copy in a local shop, library, cafe, community centre or GP surgery.

There are masses of events, many of them free or at minimal cost, so go on, try something new, meet someone new.

Organised by Headington Action with Headington churches, GP surgeries, Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes University.


Headington Festival, 28 and 29 May 2022

The much-enjoyed Headington Festival returns after a three year gap. It is held in Central Headington and Bury Knowle Park over 2 days:

  • Saturday 28 May, 9am to 2pm, central Headington. An expanded market plus entertainers and pavement chalking for children
  • Sunday 29 May, Bury Knowle Park, 1pm to 5pm. Stalls, entertainment, food and drink, farm animals, fun fair, sports to try

More details are available on the Festival website.

We hope to see you there.

1 Quarry High Street – FOQ Response

We have published our response to the Appeal against the Planning Enforcement Notice served on the Mews Block development at 1 Quarry High Street.

Comments on the Appeal must be received by 29 March 2022. Information how to make comments is available on our website.

We hope that you will make your views on this Appeal and the associated development known.

OxClean 2022 – Thankyou!

We’d like to thank the 18 people who joined us for the litter pick of the Quarry as part of OxClean on Saturday 19 March.

A large amount of litter and recycling was collected, leaving the Quarry much tidier than before.


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.