Wantange and Grove Campaign Group (WAGCG)
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)


Vale District Council Local Plan 2031 Part 1

The Local Plan Part 1 has now been adopted by the District Council. The final document can be found here

They are now working on Local Plan Part 2which:

  • sets out policies and locations for housing for the Vale's proportion of Oxford's housing need up to 2031, which cannot be met within the City boundaries
  • contains policies for the part of Didcot Garden Town that lies within the Vale of White Horse district
  • contains detailed development management policies to complement the Local Plan 2031 Part 1, and which replace the saved policies of the Local Plan 2011
  • allocates additional development sites for housing

The Publication Version should be available in October.


Planning Applications open to comment:

  • Naldertown - The full application for 31 homes in Naldertown has been updated again. The layout has changed dramatically since that submitted as part of the outline application. See (Vale Ref: P17/V0569/FUL) for details. Comments can be made on the revised plans until 9 October.
  • King Alfred's East Site - The detailed application for 150 homes has now been submitted. See Vale Ref: P17/V2479/RM. No Officer has yet been assigned so no closing date for comments is yet available.
  • 14 Grove Street - There is a planning application amendment on application P17/V2051/FUL, for the application to build 6 flats behind 14 Grove St Wantage. Comments can be made until 18 October.
  • Challow Park - The detailed application has been submitted for 38 homes on the old Depot land at Challow Park, East Challow. See application P17/V2502/RM. No Officer has yet been assigned so no closing date for comments is yet available.


Undecided applications include:

  • Monks Farm - The outline planning application has now been submitted for 456 dwellings. This will fill in the rest of the land around the cemetery from Denchworth Road to Williams F1 and Bellingers. This is subject to an objection from British Rail relating to the level crossings over the railway to the north of the development. See (Vale Ref: P16/V0981/O).
  • Park Farm - The detailed application for 88 homes on Park Farm, East Challow is subject to an objection from Highways and many objections from residents of East Challow. See (Vale Ref: P17/V2031/RM).
  • Crab Hill - The detailed application for the first phase of houses (behind the cricket pitch - but within range of cricket balls) has been submitted and is subject to further information required by the Enviroment Officer, the Drainage Officer, the need to retain Lime Trees, comments from the Landscape Architect and objections from the Highways Officer. See (Vale Ref: P17/V1499/RM).
  • Grove Airfield - Still 2500 homes and finally, the S106 agreement has been signed. We anticipate additional applications to meet planning conditions shortly. See (Vale Ref: P12/V0299/O) for details.


There is also a new consultation about a proposal to adopt a new housing delivery strategy for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

This Joint Housing Delivery Strategy will work alongside the respective local plans to guide how the District Councils will meet the challenge of delivering these new homes and ensure that the types of homes provided meet the various needs of our communities.
To find out more about the proposed strategy and make comments, please visit: http://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/HousingDeliveryStrategy/


Wantage Community Hospital has closed temporarily to in-patients in July 2016. It will not reopen until 2018. Physiotherapy and Maternity services remain on site.

The Oxford Health NHS Trust has closed the hospital to in-patients now even through the bacteria found in the hospital last year had been eradicated in January 2016 and there is no risk to patients at the current time. It appears that this situation has been very badly managed and we, the community who use the hospital services, are the ones to suffer.
For the facts associated with the closure see here:[show more]


Strategic Economic Plan Refresh

OxLEP – Oxfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership – the unelected private company that is driving the economic growth in our county –

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP)tasked with driving forward forced economic growth in the county, has now published the refresh of the strategic Economic Plan for Oxfordshire see SEP ‘Refresh’. They ignored all comments to the refresh about the optimistic growth targets even though the County Council admits in it's "Better Oxfordshire Proposal that
A Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), jointly commissioned by all Oxfordshire local authorities, identified the need for an additional 100,000 homes by 2031. [Figures show] the cumulative under-delivery of housing against the identified need both in recent years and when considering projected completions contained within Local Plans. It demonstrates that on current plans, Oxfordshire will miss its housing need target by almost 40,000 homes. It should also be noted that actual completions continue to fall well short of projected completion across authorities.


The Police Counter in Wantage Library has closed from the end of March 2016

Quote from Thames Valley Police:[show more]


Vale District Council commits to a feasibility study on a "new Settlement in the Vale"

At the Council meeting on 16th July 2014 the Councillors agreed to commit to a feasibility study and a public consultation for one or more new settlements in the Vale as solutions to our long term need for housing. This is outside work on the Local Plan so in addition to the 20,560 which are in the Local Plan, we could expect a further development of up to 30,000 new homes. This could double the number of homes in the Vale in the next 20 years. Where will the funding for the infrastructure required come from?


Little boxes on the hillside ....[show more]


Open Letter to Matthew Barber, [show detail]

And his reply.


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