South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2033

Message from SODC Planning:
We would like to advise you that the publicity period on our South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2033 is now live and the documents can be viewed on our website.  Hard copies of the Local Plan, supporting documents and comment forms are also available at the locations listed at the end of this email.

This publicity period is more formal than the previous four consultations, as the Planning Inspectorate dictates the specific questions we must ask relating to the soundness and legality of the plan.While you are free to comment in any way you choose, to ensure you have the greatest influence at this stage it is advisable to relate comments to the soundness and legality of the plan.  We have prepared a guidance note and video clip to help explain the process in more detail.

How to comment:

The publicity period runs from today until 5pm on Wednesday 22 November 2017 and you can provide your comments in the following ways:

For your comments to be considered, you must provide your name and address. All responses received will be available on our website for the public to view.  If you respond on behalf of an organisation or agent, we may display your name and contact details. If you respond as an individual we may display your name, but we will not display your contact details.

You may also state in your response if you would like to be notified about the submission of the plan to the Secretary of State, any recommendations resulting from an independent examination and whether the Local Plan is adopted.

Drop-in events

Our drop-in events are being held throughout the publicity period and will help to explain the process and how to submit your comments.  The events all provide the same information, so please feel free to attend whichever is most convenient:

  • Wallingford, St Marys Church – Sat 14 October, 10am – 2pm
  • Culham Primary School – Thurs 19 October, 4pm – 8pm
  • Henley Town Hall – Council Chamber – Sat 21 October, 10am – 2pm
  • Chalgrove (1) Village Hall – Mon 23 October, 4pm – 8pm
  • Didcot, Cornerstone – Tues 31 October, 3pm – 7pm
  • Berinsfield Church Hall – Tues 7 November, 3pm – 7pm
  • Wheatley, The Merry Bells Village Hall – Thurs 9 November, 3pm – 7pm
  • Thame Town Hall – Mon 13 November, 3pm – 7pm
  • Chalgrove (2) Village Hall – Fri 17 November, 3pm – 7pm

Thank you in advance for your participation and we hope to see you at one of our events.

If you have any questions, please contact the planning policy team on 01235 422600 or email

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2017


The RBL have decided that the Didcot Branch would cover Great Western Park, as the development straddles both Harwell and Didcot.

To help with the Didcot 2017 Poppy Appeal or join the Didcot  Branch, please contact the Secretary:   Tel: 01235 211488


“Each year an army of volunteers throughout the nation distribute the Royal British Legion’s iconic paper poppies, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces community.

The paper poppy is a symbol of Remembrance every November to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict.

For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember and never forget them, there is a new generation of veterans.  The Legion wants to raise awareness of these veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

The Legion help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families all year round and campaign to improve their lives.  The Legion provides information, advice and guidance to help the Armed Forces community find and access the support they need with online self-help tools, helplines and information and advice centers in many communities.

All members of the Legion share the common cause of supporting our Service community, now and for the rest of their lives.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Legion.  If you can help with the Poppy Appeal or wish to become a member of the Didcot Branch of the Royal British Legion please contact the Secretary.  Contact details above.”


October 2017 – Residents’ Meeting

Dear residents,

GWPRA meetings will now be held monthly on the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm, at the Boundary Park Pavilion, Great Western Park.

The next Meeting is on Monday 9th October 2017 at 7:30pm.

We have a guest speaker attending from McCarthy & Stone who will be talking about the Williams Place retirement development at GWP.

Everyone is invited to the meetings, so please come along take the opportunity to meet your new neighbours and find out more about your community.

The agenda for the meeting is here.

There will also be free popcorn!

We hope you can join us.

Kind regards,

GWPRA Secretary

September 2017 – Residents’ Meeting

Dear Residents,

GWPRA meetings will now be held monthly on the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm, at the Boundary Park Pavilion, Great Western Park.  The next Meeting is on Monday 11th September 2017 at 7:30pm. Guest speakers for the meeting include the Store Managers of the new ASDA supermarket, who will be able to update residents on the progress of the store and answer questions.

Everyone is invited to the meetings, so please come along take the opportunity to meet your new neighbours and find out more about your community.

The agenda can be found here.

We hope you can join us.

Kind regards,


GWPRA Secretary

Consultation on the Revised Draft Section 106 Planning Obligations

Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulation 123 list

The District Council are today publishing the above documents and inviting comments for a six week period until 5pm on Wednesday 11 October 2017.
The documents are interim updates and will be further reviewed in line with the new Local Plan and revised Infrastructure Delivery Plan.  They have been produced to ensure we capture contributions from development to secure infrastructure in the transition period until the new Local Plan is adopted.  It is anticipated that a revised CIL Charging Schedule will be adopted after autumn 2018.
To assist the consultation process, the key proposed changes have been highlighted in red in the documents. This may not be directly relevant to GWP but may well affect the neighbouring applications for Valley Park.

Please visit the website and make comments direct to the Council through survey or email, or to the GWPRA Facebook Group or .

Free taster session for Exercise to Music class

Oxfordshire Adult Learning are offering a free taster session for their Exercise to Music class at Didcot Conservative Club, Foxhall Road, OX11 7AD, Thursday 14th September, 10 – 11am.

All welcome to try this effective and enjoyable class for all ages and abilities provided by Abingdon and Witney College. Please bring a mat/towel. Choreographed routines to work major muscle groups and to promote enjoyment of rhythms and dance designed to improve stamina, coordination, balance and flexibility.

High demand expected, so please come early.

For more information re classes visit or call 01235 555 585.