Drayton 2020 Neighbourhood Plan – June/July 2017 Update
(for earlier monthly reports see the Drayton Chronicle archive pages)
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Manor Farm – New Village Green – Design and Use
Where we are now
The Drayton Neighbourhood Plan (NDP) saw one of the main benefits of the Manor Farm development as providing a new village green at the heart of the village – to replace the now fragmented green at the end of Gravel Lane.
Now that CALA homes have obtained planning permission for 57 houses, the new green in total is slightly larger than required by the NDP, but is a more elongated and thinner shape rather than the rounded area envisaged in the NDP.
Since the new green is at the heart of the Drayton conservation area, it needs to retain a rustic feel and not be formal in its appearance, so we need a new set of ideas about the final design and uses for the green – some ideas are given below.
We would like to hear your views on these ideas and on how the new Green should look and be used. You can:
- Come along to any Parish Council (first Monday of month) or Drayton2020 Implementation Committee Group (3rd Friday in month) in July – see village website calendar http://www.draytonvillage.co.uk/village-information/events-2/ or village noticeboards for dates and venues
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 07909176061 or write to Drayton Parish Clerk c/o 12 Loddon Close, Abingdon, OX14 3TB
- Discuss the issue on the Families in Drayton Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/343572055845823/
Speak to any Parish Councillor or D2020 Committee member – see list on n/boards or at http://www.draytonvillage.co.uk/drayton-parish-council/councillors/
Drayton2020 Neighbourhood Plan Update – Sept/Oct 2017
- Sports Pitches and Pavilion. The application for planning permission for the Pavilion, car park and multi-use sports area (MUGA) has now been approved by VWHDC see here for the site plan and building plan and elevations. The MUGA will have provision for tennis, netball, basketball, 5 a side football and ball target sports, and will be floodlit to provide for winter ball practice. Details of the plans were published in the March 2017 Drayton Chronicle. Approval has already been secured for three football pitches (one adult size and two junior) and a cricket square. A children’s playground will be provided by the developers and managed by the Parish Council
- Footpaths. Volunteers continue to work on clearing and widening the footpaths on and around the Millennium Green. Work by contractors to top dress the surfaces and repair damage sustained over the last 15-20 years will take place this September, together with the creation of a new path around the Millennium Green
- Village Hall. Discussions have now started about the plans for the village hall refurbishment
- School/Pre-School. The school is expected to expand with an additional classroom in 2017-18. The Pre-School is planned to be re-built and re-located on the school site in 2018-19-20
- Barrow Road/Walnut Meadow – Most houses on the site are now occupied and the developer expects to have completed the site by the end of 2017.
- South of High Street Site. Planning permission for 140 houses has been granted by VWHDC. Work on site has now started with earth moving to establish the estate roads. The site office is now open and the show houses are being constructed and will be open by the year end.
- Manor Farm. CALA Homes have now received VWHDC planning permission for 57 houses on the site. Construction started in August 2017 with the construction of the site entrance, clearing and levelling of the site. Archaeological investigations are still taking place on three areas of the site.
- Halls Close. The developers – Blue Cedar – have now submitted their detailed planning application to VWHDC. They already have outline planning permission for up to 28 houses on the site, with road access via Halls Close. Their latest plans suggest that they will build 22 houses
- East Way. VWHDC have approved a planning application for 8 more houses with access via East Way. The developers have recently submitted detailed plans to VWHDC on how they propose to improve the East Way road access. They have undertaken to re-surface the roadway and maintain it for 10 years thereafter. A further planning application to build 3 more houses on an adjacent site off East Way was submitted to VWHDC in August 2017
New Sports Facilities & Recreation Plan – Survey Results
The Oxford Playing Fields Association (OPFA) report, including the Drayton Sports Needs Questionnaire Results (Summer 2016) can be found here: drayton-sports-needs-analysis-report
Under the Drayton 2020 Neighbourhood Plan a major revamp of the sports and leisure facilities in Drayton is being planned including:
- A new sports pavilion and sports pitches at Barrow Road (now called Walnut Meadow)
- A refurbishment of the Drayton Hall at Lockway
- Additional facilities outside Drayton Hall (such as a skate park/BMX track)
- New children’s play areas at Barrow Road and South of High Street
- A new Village Green on the Manor Farm site (opposite the entrance to Hilliat Fields)
- Improved footpaths and cycle paths SPORTS FACILITIES SURVEY
- A walking/activity trail South of High Street
Some of these facilities are being provided by developers. Others have a financial contribution or land from developers, but the Drayton Community will need to raise money by grants, loans and local fundraising to pay for improved leisure facilities.
Referendum Result – 12th March 2015
Yes – 634 votes (90.8%)
No- 64 votes (9.2%)
Spoilt Papers – 2
596 people polled on the day, 104 postal & proxy votes.
Total 700 votes (2 were spoiled – 698 valid votes)
Examiner’s Report and the Referendum
The Drayton2020 NDP passed its Examination and was allowed to proceed to a public Referendum, held on Thursday 12th March 2015 (in Drayton Village Hall, 7am to 10pm). The Drayton Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Copy, the Examiner’s Report, and the VWHDC’s Decision Notice based on her recommendations, are now all available on the VWHDC website.
The Examiner made a number of detailed recommendations for revising some wording and policies in the NDP, and these are listed in her Report and the VWHDC Decision Notice. The NDP was revised and the Referendum Copy incorporating these revisions was published prior to the Referendum (see link above to VWHDC website).
A Public Exhibition of Drayton2020 policies and Developers’ Outline Plans for 3 housing sites in Drayton was held on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th June in Drayton Village Hall. Copies of the Exhibition Boards are available below:
– Manor Farm Site (outline proposal for 57 housing units consisting of 5 x 1 bedroom; 20 x 2 bedroom; 20 x 3 bedroom; 9 x 4 bedroom; 3 x 5 bedroom)
– South of High Street Site (Outline proposal for circa 130 housing units)
– Barrow Road Site (Outline proposal for circa 65 housing units consisting of 12 x 2 bedroom; 25 x 3 bedroom; 26 x 4 bedroom; 2 x 5 bedroom)
What Happens Next?
The Neighbourhood Plan has passed the Referendum with a large majority of those voting in the Referendum voting for it.
Drayton Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2031 will now be included within the planning system operated by the VWHDC, and will form part of the VWHDC Local Plan. In future, planning applications for Drayton will need to comply with both the Drayton and VWHDC Local Plan
If you wish to receive further information please contact the Parish Clerk, David Perrow, by telephone on 07909 176061, via the Drayton 2020 website: email@example.com or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for the Drayton2020 Neighbourhood Plan has been provided by VWHDC (£10,000); Locality (£7,000 see http://locality.org.uk/) and Drayton Parish Council (£10,000) and the Drayton Community Trust (£3,500). 2014 11 28 Drayton Finances at 28th November 2014
Background to the Drayton 2020 Neighbourhood Plan
The five Working Groups (Housing; Look & Feel; Sustainability; Transport and Work & Play) met regularly in Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013 up to the May 12th 2013 Consultation event in Drayton Community School which gathered views and information about these topics and about what, if any, housing is needed in the village. Discussions took place with local landowners, businesses, Drayton Community School, neighbouring parishes, the VWHDC and Oxfordshire County Councils and agencies such as the police and housing associations. In July/August 2013 each household in the village received a questionnaire, the results of which were fed back in a third community consultation event on Drayton Village Hall on Friday 18th October 2013, with the exhibition continuing all day Saturday 19th October. A draft Drayton Neighbourhood Plan Consultation document was prepared for presentation to the Drayton Parish Council in January 2014, and then to Drayton residents and Statutory Bodies in Jan/Feb 2014, and a further revised version was consulted on publicly in June/July 2014. The final revised version of this was submitted to the VWHDC in September 2014, and a further 6 week consultation took place until end October when the Plan was submitted to an independent examiner in November/December 2014. The Examiner decided to hold a public hearing on Friday 12th December 2014. Following Examination, the Plan was submitted to a public referendum on 12th March 2015.