Oxfordshire’s latest neighbourhood plan – for the Mid-Cherwell area – has been launched after three years of preparation

Oxfordshire’s latest neighbourhood plan – for the Mid-Cherwell area – has been launched after three years of preparation.

Unique in the UK because of its scale, the Mid-Cherwell area comprises eleven rural parishes in the Cherwell District of North Oxfordshire. At the heart of the neighbourhood area is the former RAF Upper Heyford airbase, now a strategic development site called Heyford Park, whose developer is also involved in the plan. It was this development that was the stimulus for many surrounding villages to get together to create a statutory plan covering the wider area for the next 15 years.

The hard work of the Forum, the body leading the plan and representing all the participating communities, has now resulted in a list of policies concerning traffic, housing development, and community infrastructure – including the proposed designation of 29 “Local Green Spaces”.

The documents can be viewed online at Mid-Cherwell’s website www.info@mid-cherwell.org.uk and a handful of summary hard copies have been left at the shop in the community centre.

Responses are invited from any interested parties, but especially residents and businesses in the area itself.  The pre-submission consultation period starting on Monday, August 7th 2017 lasts for six weeks to Tuesday, September 19th 2017.

Following a review of all the responses, a final version of the plan will be submitted to Cherwell District Council before the end of the year. The plan will then be subject to independent examination and a referendum before becoming part of the statutory development plan for the area.

Contact Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan Forum at http://www.mid-cherwell.org.uk/contact/

The members of the Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan Forum are:
Ardley with Fewcott Parish Council (lead parish)
Duns Tew Parish Council
Fritwell Parish Council
Kirtlington Parish Council
Lower Heyford Parish Council
Middle Aston Parish Meeting
Middleton Stoney Parish Council
North Aston Parish Meeting
Somerton Parish Council
Steeple Aston Parish Council
Upper Heyford Parish Council
The Dorchester Group (associate member)
Heyford Park Residents Association (associate member)

Play parks

Public open space and play parks has certainly been an ongoing topic of conversation and request from the residents at Heyford Park.  

It is therefore great to see that the play park by Bovis phase 1 will soon be open and we have today (20th Feb) been told that another new play park located on the green at the top of Soden Road has had its planning application approved and the equipment has now been ordered, date of opening to be confirmed.

See a plan for the play park Click Here


Statement from Dorchester:

Dorchester are under way procuring an exciting new play park which will be located on the green at the top of Soden Road. The park will feature a large Albatros Plane climbing frame, alongside a log fort, nest swing, honeycomb rotating basket and monkey bars. New trees, landscaping, benches and bins will also be provided. Together the equipment will provide a range of play opportunities, with a particular focus on encouraging imaginative play and providing opportunity for social interaction.  This play area is a LEAP (a Locally Equipped Area for Play) and is designed for children who are beginning to go out and play independently.

This is the first of a range of various sized play areas which will be provided at Heyford Park, there will be both larger neighbourhood play areas and smaller local play areas provided.

 We look forward to welcoming the residents of Heyford Park to the new play area during the Spring and will provide an update on the opening date once works have progressed further.

 If you have any queries please do get in touch at consultation@dorchestergrp.com

25A Bus Reprieve

The 25A service WILL continue but with some changes from 24th July 2016 to the route and times. It will still be hourly during the day. The late buses on Fri and Sat will not run. Once we have the new timetable we will post it on the Public Transport page of this website.


The FREE SCHOOL have now got a defibrilator which is also available for Community Use. It is in a box on the outside of the Specialisms Campus (Sports Centre). There is a code to get into the box. During hours when the building is open the code is available from the office. Outside these times ring the AMBULANCE SERVICE on 999 and ask for the code.