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


Wantage Community Hospital has closed temporarily to in-patients. It will not reopen until 2017. 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 has been eradicated in January 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]

A campaign to save the hospital has been set up and you can sign the petition here


Residential Parking Survey

We believe that the County policy for the number of parking spaces on residential developments is inadequate and have designed a survey to help us prove this. To complete the survey go towantageandgrove.org/parkingsurveyor to see more detail click[here]


Vale District Council Local Plan 2031 Part 1

The Local Plan Inspector recently published his main Interim Findings on the Vale District Council Local Plan 2031 Part 1. The Inspector indicated that, subject to "main modifications", the plan is likely to be found sound. After the final consultation on these main modifications. We are now waiting for the final report from the inspector.


Planning Updates

  • Tom's Field/Fullers Field. Planning application withdrawn, see (Vale Ref: P16/V1983/O).
  • Monks Farm. See ourMonks Farm pagefor details.
    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. See (Vale Ref: P16/V0981/O).
    The detailed application for the 75 homes behind Bellingers Garage has now been approved. See (Vale Ref: P16/V1287/RM).
  • Grove Airfield - Still 2500 homes but details of planning conditions and financial contributions have still not been agreed. Until everyone has signed, nothing can happen. See (Vale Ref: P12/V0299/O) for details.
  • 150 homes on King Alfred's East Site - An outline application (P15/V2952/O) to turn the Kings Alfred's School East Site into a housing estate with 150 homes has been approved. This is an outline application and the Academy will sell the site to developers who will then submit a detailed application showing the exact number, position and size of houses to be built.
  • Crab Hill - we still have no information about the developers of the 1500 homes at Crab Hill although we understand the site is under offer. The first meeting of the Development Delivery Forum for the development will take place this week.
    According to Schedule 10 of the S106 agreement between the applicant and the council:
    "As soon as reasonably practicable after completion of this Agreement and in any event prior to the Commencement of Development, the Owners, the District Council and the County Council shall set up and implement the Forum in accordance with the terms of reference contained in this Schedule." "The membership of the Forum may vary from time to time but will include representatives of the Owners and subsequent developers and officers of the District Council and County Council, and may include local District and County Councillors, Town Council representatives, any other representative of relevant local organisations and representatives of the local residents." We will be a member of the Forum. See (Vale Ref: P13/V1764/O) for details or go to our Crab Hill) page for some more information about the application.


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 likely to be 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?

As Councillor Richard Webber said at the meeting:

"From an average build rate of 550 houses per annum, (last year 400 and only once in the last 30 years 700), we are now in the Local Plan for consultation seeking to achieve an average build rate in excess of 1000 new homes per annum. With the advent of the SHMA, the number could go up by another 3-400 per annum. If Oxford City wins its fight to pass over some of its SHMA allocation to the Districts, we could be over 1500 per annum, nearly 3 times our current average. Not for nothing is Oxfordshire the home of Alice in Wonderland."

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


Open Letter to Matthew Barber, [show detail]

And his reply.


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