WaGCG : Wantage and Grove Campaign Group
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)

Oxfordshire Joint Spatial Strategy 2050

Most of the things in the agreed Local Plan for the Vale could be overridden by a new Oxfordshire plan to be adopted by March 2021.

In 2018, the Oxfordshire authorities signed the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal with the government, securing guaranteed funding for affordable housing, infrastructure and economic growth in Oxfordshire.

As part of this deal, the Oxfordshire authorities have agreed to produce a plan for the whole of the county, which will guide development in the area up to the year 2050.

The first stage, introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, commences on 11 February 2019 and will run for a 6 week period until 25 March 2019.

For more details and how to comment go to our Oxfordshire Plan 2050 page.

For a view from CPRE see their website

Healthwatch Survey on the NHS Long Term Plan

Have your say on the future of the NHS in Oxfordshire

The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS. The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan and your local NHS needs to hear from you about what those changes should look like in your community. Comments can be submitted until April 30, 2019.

For more details and how to comment go to our Oxfordshire Health & Wellbeing Strategy page or go directly to Healthwatch.

The County and District Councils may be starting to take the re-opening of Wantage and Grove Station seriously.

See the District Council page Proposed Grove Station for more details.

Local Plan 2031 Part 2 update

After the inspection of the plan last summer, the Inspector published his final comments in December and the Vale has now published a revised plan for consultation. For details see our Local Plan page.

What are we campaigning about?

Some 6,200 houses are in the pipeline for Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages. More may soon follow.

Government guidelines say that development should be "sustainable". We do not think it is sustainable to put thousands of houses where medical facilities are increasingly inadequate, schools are virtually above capacity, there is little employment in the area, and roads to where there is employment are unsuited to commuting.

We came together to campaign for a better deal for our area. As it says in our Aims:

We are not against any development in Wantage and Grove but:

  • Developments should be proportionate and sustainable
  • The infrastructure should enhance and improve quality of life for its residents

Keep informed

For the most up-to-date information please see our newsletters and our Facebook and pages [open in new tabs]

Draft Thames Water Plans include a reservoir larger than Heathrow just north of Grove.

Thames Water have announced that their new plan will propose to bring the Reservoir forward to start construction in 2025 (a decade earlier than previously). More than 50% of the water from the reservoir will be sold to other water companies, not used to supply London's growth (which Thames have been forced to admit will be less than their original exaggerated figures had proposed).

For the most up-to-date information please see Abingdon Reservoir

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