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A Date for your diaries: 2nd March Uplands Planning Committee

It has been confirmed that  both the Savills application for development on Church Road and the PYE Homes development on the South side of the A4095 will be heard at the next Uplands Planning Committee on Monday 2nd March.

Planning Officers are recommending to the committee that the development in Church Road should be APPROVED, but that the development on the south side of the Witney Road should be REJECTED.

Read the planning officers report here.

However, the decision on whether or not to approve these applications will rest with the WODC Uplands Area Planning sub-committee when they next meet on Monday 2nd March at 2 p.m.

It is really important for as many people as possible to be there – it will show how much Hanborough cares about its future.

Want to know more? Read our latest newsletter.

Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR) – 11:00 Saturday 24th January

This coming Saturday (24th January) the Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR) have organised a rally on Witney Green at 11:00. ROAR is a local independent campaign group that is looking to galvanise the residents, parish councils and action groups from across Oxfordshire who are affected by the current indiscriminate drive for large scale development no matter what the cost and impact to our local communities.

Confirmed speakers include Peter Jay, formerly an economics journalist, US ambassador and current chairman of ROAR.


This is a rare opportunity to make our voices heard and demonstrate the importance of this issue to the decision makers. The more people that attend, the more emphatic the message.

For more information about ROAR and the rally see:

Planning Update (23/11/14)

Neither planning application is on the agenda for discussion at next WODC Uplands Committee meeting (1st Dec), which means that the earliest WODC will make a decision will be at the first meeting of 2015 on January 5th.

What can you do?

Keep on writing to the decision makers, whether you are for or against these proposals. So far over 520 local households have objected to these planning applications, but the deferral of these decisions means that there is still time to make your views known.

Other news

  • Hanborough Playing fields Association (HPFA) have issued a comprehensive statement on their position regarding the retention of playing field land.
  • The Quality Care Commission has issued the Eynsham_Medical_Group_report which highlights the existing risk around the availability of appointments.
  • We understand a traffic monitor was set-up in Hurdswell, and that it has now been removed. It’s unclear who was collecting this data.

Time is running out! – Write to WODC by Thursday 2nd October

In order to have your views considered when West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) decide on the planning application by Pye Homes/ Blenheim Palace Estates to build 169 dwellings on land south of the A4095, you must write to them by Thursday 2nd October.

NOTE: If you have previously provided feedback to Pye Homes, either at their presentation in the Pavilion or by postcard/letter/e-mail subsequently, this will NOT be considered by the WODC Planning Committee. You will need to need to write to WODC direct in order for your views to be considered.

All letters should be sent to the following addresses:
By email to:
By post to:
Hannah Wiseman
West Oxfordshire District Council,
New Yatt Road,
OX28 1PB

Don’t forget to include your name, address and quote planning reference
14/1234/P/OP – Land South of Witney Road, Long Hanborough

Please see our Letter Writing Guide for Planning Application 14/1234/P/OP for guidance on what can and what can’t be considered by the Council in reaching a decision on the planning application.

Church Road Planning Application – Closing Date for comments this Thursday

A reminder that the closing date for comments on the Church Road planning application is this Thursday, 28th August.
Anyone can comment on the planning application, and should include the following information in their submission:

Your name and address
Application number: 14/1102/P/OP
Site Address: Land to east of Church Road Long Hanborough

Please make sure that your comment arrives before the deadline which is this Thursday, 28th August.

Comments can be submitted by:
E-mail to the planning officer for this application
in writing to:
Head of Planning and Sustainable Communities,
West Oxfordshire District Council,
New Yatt Road,
OX28 1PB

Full instructions and further guidance can be found at:

CLA Game Fair – An opportunity

This weekend Blenheim hosts the annual CLA Game Fair. There will be lots of additional visitors in the vicinity and this presents us the opportunity to raise awareness of our campaign.

There is a poster here: Gamefair Poster HOH July 2014 new that you may wish to print and display in your home window(s) or in your car.

The advice is not to do anything to disrupt the running of the event this weekend, including handing out posters/leaflets to drivers; our issue is not with the CLA or the visitors and exhibitors that are here to enjoy the event and the rural surroundings.

Dates for the Diaries

Dates for the diaries:

Tuesday 15th July – Pye Homes will be hosting a public exhibition of their proposals on Tuesday 15 July, 2014, between 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Pavilion, Roosevelt Road, Long Hanborough.

Wednesday 16th July – An ‘Action Group meeting’ is taking place at the Recreation Hall (Long Hanborough) at 6:30pm, to meet and discuss. Public are welcome to attend.