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

Planning news

There are a number of outstanding major applications which affect our area including:

  1. Changes to the Outline Planning applications for both Crab Hill P19/V1269/FUL and Grove Airfield P18/V2870/FUL as densities of different areas are changed;
  2. The detailed application for the 4th phase of Crab Hill (Phase 1b) P19/V0565/RM (just the other side of Castle's Wood from the current St Modwen building site off the A417);
  3. The detailed application for the 3rd phase of Grove Airfield P18/V1485/RM (120 homes to the west of the current building works);
  4. The application for discharge of the school brief on Grove Airfield P17/V3404/DIS (waiting for Department of Education approval);
  5. Lidl on Grove Road P18/V2300/FUL (further documents submitted but the access is still off Grove Road between Woolage Drive and the pedestrian crossing);
  6. The expansion of Elm Farm Business Park P18/V2025/O
  7. The Leisure Centre on Mably Way P18/V0760/FUL (on "ice" until the District Council works out if it has any money);
  8. The Monks Farm (final phase) detailed application for 220 homes behind Williams F1 P19/V1420/RM, and
  9. The previous phase of Monks Farm outline application P16/V0981/O for up to 400 dwellings including some land to expand the existing primary school. This was recommended for approval in July 2018 but still not agreed.
For details on any major development please go to our Current Developments Page.

Impact of the Council Elections 2019

The Local Elections in May 2019 have made a significant difference to the District Council and Wantage Town Council. Prior to the elections both councils had a Conservate majority. Now the District Council has 31 Liberal Democrat Councillors, 6 Conservative Councillors and one Green Party Councillor. The Town Council also changed allegiance and now has 14 Liberal Democrats, 1 Conservative and 1 Labour Party councillor.

We don't know how much the policies and practices will change but we wait to see.

Keep informed

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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

Other Relevant Issues

Oxfordshire Joint Spatial Strategy 2050

The consultation on the first stage, introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, closed on 25 March 2019. For more details see our Oxfordshire 2050 Plan page.

Local Plan 2031 Part 2 update

After the inspection of the plan last summer, the Inspector published his final comments in December and since the election in May 2019 the Council’s view is that the outstanding issues with Oxford City’s Local Plan need to be resolved before they can decide to adopt LPP2. For details see our Local Plan page.

Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Part of the Government growth plans to strengthen the booming economies of the UK’s science and technology hub include building up to a million new homes in an arc from Oxford to Cambridge. They also want to provide an outer orbital route around London, linking Southampton, the M3, M4, A34, M40, M1, A1, A14/M11 and Felixstowe which will impact the level of traffic on the A34 and therefore through Wantage. For details see our Oxford-Cambridge Arc page.


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