H42 applications

We get asked questions about H42 planning applications. Householder Prior Approval applications (H42) can only be refused where representations have been received from neighbours sharing a boundary with the application site and the Council considers there to be significant harm on the amenity of any adjoining premises.

We have asked the City Council’s planning department for more information and here is its response.

There are three potential outcomes for H42s. Firstly, prior approval not required which is for cases where there are no objections from neighbours. In these cases we don’t assess the development at all other than to check that it meets the parameters of permitted development. If they don’t meet the requirements of permitted development we normally point this out and return the applications (which you can see accounts for a few in the stats below). The great majority of H42s are ‘prior approval not required’. Where there are objections we assess the development and its impact on neighbouring amenity,  we do refuse some of these and of course it depends on the size of the extensions, orientation of the plot and the relationship with neighbouring windows. These decisions are ‘prior approval required and granted’ and ‘prior approval required and refused’.

2015 – Total of 141 applications:

Prior approval not required – 104

Prior approval required and granted – 22

Prior approval required and refused – 4

Withdrawn/returned – 14


2016 – Total of 115 applications:

Prior approval not required – 72

Prior approval required and granted – 13

Prior approval required and refused – 9

Withdrawn/returned – 21


2017 (so far) – Total of 91 applications:

Prior approval not required – 52

Prior approval required and granted – 5

Prior approval required and refused – 4

Withdrawn/returned/not yet determined – 30

Latest decisions on planning applications in Headington


Erection of single storey rear extension. Erection of single storey extension to porch and insertion of 2no. rooflights to east elevation. Alterations to doors and windows on north and south elevations.

20 And 22 Kennett Road 


Erection of a two storey office building (Use Class B1)

Land Between 7 And 9 All Saints Road

Linfield Ltd


Affecting a Conservation Area

Insertion of 2 rooflights to roofslope on south elevation.

Flat 14 Emden House Barton Lane


Application to certify that the proposed formation of 1no rooflight to side roofslope and 1no. rooflight to rear roofslope and roofspace to be used as a habitable room is lawful development.

104 Staunton Road Oxford


Wick Farm

Just to confirm the latest re a potential development of the Wick Farm site as we are getting lots of questions. That area falls outside the jurisdiction of the Oxford City Local Planning Authority.

Proposals were put forward to South Oxfordshire by landowners Wick Farming Ltd and Christ Church for housing on land next to Barton Park. Part of the proposals included a potential hospital park and ride for NHS staff at the Headington sites. South Oxfordshire did not include the sites as potential development sites in their Second Preferred Options. (They are Green Belt sites).

Response from OUH NHS Foundation Trust re Marston Medical Centre plans

We referred the concerns about parking pressure arising from the relocation of Marston Medical Centre that you raised at the June Ward Focus Meeting to the Trust, and we have received the following response from Peter Knight, Executive Director.


Marston Medical Centre

We have been keen to support our primary care colleagues in finding a new location for a much needed local GP practice, and so have worked with them to adapt accommodation at Arthur Sanctuary House for their use.

The Trust is very well aware of the pressures on parking on our sites, as you can imagine, but one of the key factors in getting our support for this application was the fact that there was not parking at the previous location, so there would be no expectation from patients for parking to be provided at the new location. From the practice’s perspective, the site offers very good public transport links which obviate the need for parking. There is provision for disabled parking immediately outside the building, but no other arrangements for onsite parking have been made with the practice.

Plans for our hospital sites

The Trust is working on a masterplan for all of our hospital sites with our University and healthcare partners, using experts AECOM. We are also working with planners in the City and other district councils. We will share plans at the appropriate stage of development with local councillors and local residents. We have not yet reached that level of detail.

Exhibitions at the railway station concourse

There will be exhibitions of the plans relating to the development of Oxford Railway station and the surrounding area at the station concourse on the following dates:

Oxford Station concourse

  •  Wednesday 12th July to Friday 14th July; on Friday 14th July council officers as well as technical consultants will be available to discuss the proposals (9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 6.00pm),
  • Wednesday 26th July to 28th July, on Saturday 29th July council officers as well as technical consultants will be available to discuss the proposals (9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 6.00pm),
  • Wednesday 9th August to 11th August, on Saturday 12th August council officers as well as technical consultants will be available to discuss the proposals (9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 6.00pm)

Town Hall(Long Room)

  • Saturday 12th August – a drop-in session for the public and stakeholders to meet council officers and the technical consultants

The online consultation is available here: https://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/consult.ti/StationSPD/consultationHome and it ends on 25th August.

The plans are currently unfunded.

Latest planning decisions in Headington Ward


Erection of a part single, part two storey rear extension. Alterations to roof to form hip to gable, Formation of 1 dormer window to east elevation and 1 dormer window to north elevation, insertion of 1 rooflight to east elevation and 1 rooflight to south elevation in association with loft conversion.

12 Staunton Road Oxford


Change of use of first and second floor from dwellinghouse (Use Class C3) to a House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4)

99A London Road Headington


Application to certify that the proposed change of use from Retail (Use Class A1) to mixed use comprising Retail at ground floor level (Use Class A1) and Residential at first floor level (Use Class C3) is lawful development

111 London Road Headington


Retention of the temporary car park.

John Radcliffe Hospital Headley Way


Erection of a temporary endoscopy decontamination unit (EDU) for a period of 18 months.

John Radcliffe Hospital Headley Way


Affecting a Conservation Area

Erection of trellis to the inside of the north and west boundary walls.

Churchill Farm House 4 St Andrew’s Lane

Latest planning application – 29 Old High Street

The owner of 29 Old High Street has submitted a fresh planning application. Details below.

17/01686/FUL | Partial demolition of existing house and demolition of existing garages and outbuildings. Erection of two storey side and rear extension. Provision of new access, car parking and turning area. Rebuilding of stone boundary wall fronting Old High Street. | 29 Old High Street Oxford Oxfordshire OX3 9HP

You can find more details here

Everyone wants to see this well-situated property returned to a habitable state. Closing date for comments is 3rd August

Local Plans – Cherwell District Council plans for Oxford’s unmet housing needs

The consultation period for the Partial Review of the Cherwell Local Plan (Oxford’s Unmet Housing Needs) will run from 17th July to 29th August, so runs concurrently with Oxford’s Local Plan Options Review consultation period.

The following public exhibitions will be held during the consultation period:

Wednesday 19 July 2017 – 4pm to 8pm

Shipton-on-Cherwell Village Hall, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Kidlington, OX5 1JP

Friday 21 July 2017 – 4pm to 8pm

Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, Kidlington, OX5 1TE

Thursday 27 July 2017 – 4pm to 8pm

Woodstock Community Centre, 32 New Road, Woodstock, OX20 1PB

Tuesday 1 August 2017 – 3.30pm to 7.30pm

Cutteslowe Pavillion (next to the café), Cutteslowe Park, Oxford

Wednesday 2 August 2017 – 4pm to 8pm

Begbroke Village Hall, 3 Begbroke Lane, Begbroke, Kidlington OX5 1RN

Thursday 17 August 2017 – 4pm to 8pm

Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB