West Way area regeneration

Latest update - plans - June 2016

On Wednesday 15 June 2016 plans for the demolition and redevelopment of existing shopping centre and adjacent buildings were approved by the Vale's Planning Committee.

Developer Mace is aiming to increase footfall for existing businesses in Botley, including shops on Elms Parade while ensuring the long-term sustainability of West Way as the heart of the community.

What happened before the application was approved?

  • May 2016 - revised planning application submitted by Mace
  • March 2012 - Vale of White Horse District Council carried out a consultation to explore how the West Way shopping centre in Botley could be regenerated over the next five years
  • December 2012 - Doric Properties signed an agreement with the Vale of White Horse District Council, and a consortium of vendors, to purchase land off West Way, Botley, including the West Way Shopping Centre. The contract for sale is conditional on securing planning consent and a number of other factors
  • February 2013 - Doric held two public consultation events. Over twelve hundred residents and community members from Botley and the surrounding area turned out to view Doric’s proposals for West Way. The feedback received at the exhibitions was evaluated and incorporated into more detailed designs.
  • September 2013 - Doric held a second set of consultation events. The consultation exhibited more detailed design proposals that will be used as part of the planning application.  The feedback from these events was used by Doric to amend the design proposals ahead of submitting the planning application. For example, the revised scheme includes increased flexible, high-quality shops for independent traders.
  • December 2013 - Doric submitted a planning application to the Vale of White Horse District Council
  • December 2014 -  Planning Committee voted to refuse the planning application
  • March 2015 - it was announced that an appeal against the decision to refuse the original scheme had been withdrawn and that a new scheme under developers Mace would be put forward. 
  • August/September 2015 - The Vale Council published a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Botley and asks residents for their views.  The SPD intends assist the redevelopment and enhancement of the centre, and set out guidance on the type (for example shops, offices, houses public open space etc) and scale of development that would be appropriate
  • 18 January 2016 - the final version of the Botley SPD was adopted by the Vale's cabinet

Use of compulsory purchase orders at West Way

Doric Properties proposes to carry out a major regeneration scheme at West Way, Botley.  It has made an application for planning permission, and a committee decision is expected later in 2014.  Vale of White Horse District Council and Doric Properties do not control the whole of the proposed development site, and the purpose of this statement is to clarify the council’s intentions regarding use of compulsory purchase orders (CPOs).

At its meeting of 7 December 2012, the Vale’s cabinet agreed in principle to use its powers of compulsory purchase in order to complete the assembly of the development site. 

This decision is built into the contractual agreement with Doric Properties, and is subject to a number of conditions being met.  The conditions include:

  • planning permission granted
  • funding partner in place
  • lettings secured for food store and student accommodation.

The council will consider the use of CPOs for any part of the development site if the above conditions are met and if it has not proved possible to acquire the land by agreement.

It would be for the Vale’s cabinet to resolve to make a CPO which would then be submitted to the secretary of state for confirmation.  Those affected by the CPO who wished to oppose the CPO would be able to make objections and the secretary of state would take these into account in coming to his decision on whether or not to confirm the CPO following an inquiry. (2 May 2014)

Last reviewed: 14 - 11 - 2016

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