Latest decisions made by officers on planning applications in Headington

17/00435/VAR  REFUSED    Land Between 7 And 9 All Saints Road

Removal of conditions 7 (External Staircase) , 8 (Sustainability), 10 (High level windows) and 12 (Contaminated Land) of planning permission 15/02281/FUL.


17/00639/FUL  PERMITTED   137A London Road Headington

Change of use from Estate Agent (Use Class A2) to Hot Food Takeaway (Use Class A5).

17/00637/FUL  PERMITTED   50 Windmill Road Oxford

Demolition of existing conservatory and extension. Erection of a single storey side and rear extension.

Two buildings proposed for Old Road Campus site

The University of Oxford has sent out the following letter to residents:

You will recall previous consultation exercises relating to developments being undertaken at the Old Road Campus site. The University is now looking to submit an application for the provision of two small specialist waste storage facilities at the site. The application will also propose improved ground works and landscaping. 

The two buildings will comprise a total of 40 square metres and will be located to the north of the Henry Wellcome Centre on the northern part of the Campus. The buildings will sit immediately adjacent to the side of the Henry Wellcome Centre and will be constructed of profiled metal in a grey colour to tie in with the adjacent buildings. Landscaping will sit to the east of the buildings and minor ground works are required to provide a level surface for the siting of the building and to enable level access.

The proposed buildings will replace the existing facility on site and provide an improved waste storage facility for the users. The facility will be used to store packaging waste associated with materials used within the buildings on site and will be emptied by specialist waste contractors who are appropriately licensed. 

Surface water drainage from the building will be dealt with by the existing road network drainage and the sealed nature of the building will ensure that no waste water will enter the surface water drainage system.

This letter is to inform you of the application submission and to invite you to view the plans for the proposed development on Oxford City Council’s website. Once the application is registered there will be a consultation period of 21 days during which you will have the opportunity to submit any comments to the Council.

Should you have any questions in the meantime, you can contact us via

Neighbourhood Plan – where to find it

The Headington Neighbourhood Plan will go to referendum on Thursday 4th May. The arrangements will be as for the local County Council elections held that day. The question on the (green) ballot paper will be:



Do you want Oxford City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Headington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?  YES <box> NO  <box>”

The Chair of the Headington Neighbourhood Forum has written to us with the following information:

We do hope that all Forum members and those who have been following our progress will turn out and support the Neighbourhood Plan.  Voter registration is open until 13th April, and if you cannot vote in person you can apply for a postal vote but need to complete and return the application form by 18th April.

The final version of the Plan is available at:

A key part of the plan are the community policies and actions.  

If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact us at



Breaking: proposal for new build at JR. Consultation dates 28-29 April

We have received the following from the University. The access route and timing may coincide with the Access to Headington works in Headley Way if proposals keep to the timescale in this communication, we are working with the County to address this


Dear Stakeholder,

We would like to invite you to attend a public exhibition to view proposals for a new building on the John Radcliffe Hospital Site at Headley Way.

The new building is intended to provide purpose-built facilities for the Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia (CPSD), as well as providing additional research and desk space for the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB). Both of these organisations are component units of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (part of the University’s Medical Sciences Division).

When the development is complete, it will create the UK’s largest dedicated centre for stroke research and will help to maintain the University’s position as a world-leader not only in the research it undertakes, but also in the quality of teaching it provides.

Oxford City Council’s Development Plan allocates the John Radcliffe Hospital Site for new development which comprises hospital related uses, including associated administrative and academic floorspace.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Oxford City Council in July 2017 to take forward the development of this new facility with construction to begin in early 2018.

As part of this process, the University is inviting members of the public to discuss the proposals with members of the project team on the following dates: 

Day 1: Friday 28 April 2017 between 4.00pm and 7.00pm 

Venue: Osler House, Osler Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BL

Day 2: Saturday 29 April 2017 between 10.00am and 12.00pm

Venue: Osler House, Osler Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BL

Members of the University and the design team will be available to answer any queries you may have. In addition, hard copies of a feedback form will be available at the consultation sessions and an online version will follow on the University’s website together with an electronic version of the display information. The University will review all feedback and will take it into account before details are finalised and the planning application submitted.

If you have any queries regarding the event please do not hesitate to contact the University at the following email address:

Parking pressure in Headington

Residents in the Windmill Road / Gathorne Road area are feeling angry and frustrated about a recent appeal decision concerning parking zone eligibility.

There is rising concern in Central and New Headington that in cases where permission is being given for housing developments only on condition that they are car-free, applicants are paying the County Council to exclude their properties from the Controlled Parking Zone as conditioned in order to get development completed, but are later submitting requests to the County Council to include them in the CPZ.

The problem is that there is increasing pressure on parking space in central Headington and along the Headley Way/Windmill Road corridors, and this is partly caused by owners of properties renting out their private driveways to employees in the area and parking their own cars on-street.

The government is pressing for planning authorities to grant consent for infill, intensification in areas where there is pressure on building space, and for offices to change their use to residential accommodation. This means that increasingly consent is given on condition that properties are car-free.

This latest appeal ruling gives the go ahead for the owner of flats in an area which will already be hit by reductions in on-street parking space as part of the Access to Headington scheme to apply for CPZ inclusion, and was unexpected in that many objections were received from all quarters ahead of the decision being made.

County and City officers are currently reviewing the decision notice and Ruth has discussed issues that have arisen with the planning team leader.

At some point the following questions will need to be addressed:

  • should there be a limit on the number of parking permits allowed per household in Headington? (there are elsewhere in the City)
  • should there be an urgent review of Headington Controlled Parking Zones and how will this be prioritised in terms of funding?
  • should more applications be refused on grounds of harm arising from increasing parking pressure in the area? And would they fall on appeal?

We would welcome your views on this.

Lots of new planning applications this week

We have already received a number of concerns from residents about a couple of these newest applications. Early indications are that the application at 74 Windmill Road will attract a number of objections.

Please click on planning applications tab above to see full details of applications on properties in Windmill Road, London Road, Headley Way, Fortnam Close and at the JR.