Note by local group WestWay Concern
also at https://mailchi.mp/7ace72e245de/permission_refused?e=477610f4e7
On Wednesday (2nd December) the Vale District Council planning committee voted to REFUSE planning permission for the increased size in Block A of the controversial major development at Botley, effectively part of Oxford (but in Vale of White Horse DC).
Representations were given by the well-organized local group WWCC (Westway Concern), one resident of West Way, and Councillor Debby Hallett. After a short discussion among the committee, one member of the committee proposed a motion to accept the recommendation of the Planning Officer, to approve the application. A vote was taken, with six members voting against the motion, one in favour and two abstaining. A second motion, to refuse the application was then proposed. Six members voted in favour of this motion, and three abstained. Reasons for refusal were the height and massing of the building and the lack of affordable housing provision.
Between 20 and 30 people were watching proceedings via YouTube.
We are reassured to see that democracy does work within the planning process, when so often it seems to be weighted in favour of developers against the needs and wishes of the community.
BDC now have the option to build as per their approved plans for 8 storeys and 120 flats. Since they have decided that the floor to floor heights in these approved plans are excessive, perhaps they would reconfigure the 8 storeys to deliver a less tall building. We’d welcome this. If, in fact, they are not able to afford to complete the development, as they claim, then we are sure that another developer would be able to come up with a viable scheme for this prime development plot.