Welcome pack

Here as a pdf

We’re on Wikipaedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walton_Manor.

By virtue of where you now live, you automatically become a member of the Walton Manor Residents’ Association (WMRA). Welcome!

The WMRA exists to promote the general amenities of the locality and the well-being of residents.  It’s run by a committee which meets four times a year and convenes an AGM in late November.  The current committee members are:  Simon Mollison, Chair; Mary Pegler, Secretary;  Charlotte Beatson; Maggie Black, Hugh Davies, Richard Gilson, Jo Lane.  Richard keeps an eye on planning applications and Jo coordinates social events.

Outside speakers on matters of local interest are invited to the AGM usually in November.  This is also an opportunity for residents to raise matters of concern.  We are fortunate to have very supportive local councillors, who make it a priority to attend. Leaflets giving the details will be delivered about a fortnight in advance.  We very much hope to see you there.

We have links with our neighbouring residents’ associations, Norham Manor and the St Margaret’s Area Society, and we are usually invited to their events.

The best way to keep in touch is by adding your email address to the list of residents kept by Maggie Black at WaltonManorRA@gmail.com .  Information on local affairs, such as updates from City and County Councillors, are sent out to the list from time to time.

Wishing you a happy time in Walton Manor (Warning: it is not easy to move away!)

Simon Mollison            sjmollison@gmail.com

A noticeboard outside D’Overbroeck’s school in Leckford Road displays forthcoming events and local activities.

Oxford City Council: information on local services and planning applications can be found at http://www.oxford.gov.uk.  The Walton Manor City Councillors are currently James Fry cllrjfry@oxford.gov.uk and Louise Upton cllrlupton@oxford.gov.uk

Oxfordshire County Council: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council is responsible for roads, parking, traffic, schools and libraries. The local County Councillor is John Howson john.howson@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Other Local Associations: Two local Associations: St Margaret’s Area Society https://stmargaretsareasociety.wordpress.com; and Jericho Residents’ Association, https://www.jerichocentre.org.uk/association/jericho-community-association The St Margaret’s institution in Polstead Road has rooms for hire and a schedule of community talks http://www.smi-oxford.org.uk

Neighbourhood watch – details available from WMRA

Planning in Walton Manor – see below

Refuse and recycling –see further info below

Street cleaning and graffiti –https://www.fixmystreet.com/

Oxclean a citywide voluntary litter-picking exercise, which usually takes place every March: http://www.oxclean.org.uk

Keeping North Oxford green –a leaflet from our neighbouring St Margaret’s Society is on our website.

Burgess Field is a nature reserve bordering Port Meadow.  Support is welcomed: http://friendsofburgessfield.co.uk

Art Weeks in May provide a chance to visit neighbours. Walton Manor is included in the Jericho area.

The Library of Things at Makespace, 1 Aristotle Lane, OX2 6TP enables people to borrow rather than buy items of equipment needed only occasionally. In alternate months it runs ‘repair cafes’ where you can take household and garden items for repair. See https://shareoxford.org .

Canal Heritage Project holds a biennial festival in September: oxfordcanalheritage.org/canal-and-rivers-trust

History of North Oxford Tanis Hinchcliffe’s ‘North Oxford’ [Yale University Press, 1992] is the authoritative book.  John Sutton’s booklet ‘Walton Well’ is available from John: tel. 511474.  Tony Morris writes a blog at https://morrisoxford.co.uk   Professor of Social and Architectural History, William Whyte, has spoken on the topic ‘Heaven might be something like North Oxford’ to local societies, and his reading list can be found by googling this title.

Oxford Civic Society “ is dedicated to the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work, study and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are at the heart of what we do.” 

Oxford Open Doors is organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust every September and gives members of the public the chance to visit places that are not normally open.


Planning in Walton Manor: guidance on making a comment on a planning application,

  1. How to access the planning page

Planning applications are managed by Oxford City Council Planning Department. You can find applications using the reference on the notices posted in the street, or by searching by address or postcode on the OCC website using the following link:

https://public.oxford.gov.uk/online- applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

On the application page there is a tab for ‘Comments’ where you provide your contact details and enter the text of your comment. You are asked to indicate your position eg neighbour, member of the public, or member of an amenity group, and whether you are objecting, supportive, or neutral. To help classify comments there are a list of reasons for comment, such as the effect on the character of the area, or the effect on adjoining properties. You can find the details of the application under the ‘Documents’ tab which will include for example drawings of the property before and after the proposed alteration or development. The drawings include both plans and elevations and may include photographs and a detailed description of what is proposed and why, and how for example the applicant has tried to minimise any negative impact on neighbours.

There is a limited period to submit comments as there are strict timelines for applications to be considered. The dates for each application are under the ‘Details’ tab.

If you are interested in receiving notification of applications in a particular area, you can set up an alert if you register on the planning applications website.


The City Council can only take into account ‘material planning considerations‘. The most common of these (not exhaustive ) are:

  • Loss of light or overshadowing Overlooking/loss of privacy Visual amenity
  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning Highway safety
  • Traffic generation
  • Noise and disturbance resulting from use of hazardous materials
  • Smells
  • Loss of trees
  • Effect on listed buildings and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building Design, appearance and materials
  • Landscaping Road access
  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Disabled persons’ access
  • Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Previous planning decisions, including appeal decisions by Inspectors
  • Nature conservation Archaeology
  • Solar panels

The City Council cannot take into account matters which are sometimes raised but are not normally planning considerations such as:

  • The perceived loss of property value
  • Private disputes between neighbours
  • The loss of a view
  • The impact of construction work or on competition between firms Restrictive covenants
  • Ownership disputes over rights of way
  • Fence lines, etc. which are civil matters, e.g. party wall issues Personal morals or views about the applications

How to give yourself the best chance of influencing a planning decision

  • Check the list and ensure your objection is based on a “material planning consideration”
  • Canvas opinion
  • Seek views from groups such as Conservation groups and Residents’ Associations
  • Submit objections separately, highlighting different points of objection
  • In our area, refer to the North Oxford Victorian Suburb Conservation Area Appraisal document if relevant to the application (link below)

https://www.oxford.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/4120/north_oxford_conservation_area_app raisal.pdf

Points of leverage

  • Local ward councillors, but remember that if they are likely to sit on a planning committee considering the application they must ensure that they have not “pre- determined” the application before the committee
  • You are allowed to lobby planning committee members before the meeting, but this may be counter-productive if a wave of hostile emails fills members’ inboxes.
  • You are also permitted to speak to planning officers.
  • Conservation groups.
  • Residents’ Associations.

Getting an application “Called in”

Planning officers apply the rules, they have little room for discretion.

Applications, if controversial or questionable in terms of planning policy, can be “called in” by your ward councillors. Provided they secure the support of a few other councillors, the application will then be considered by the whole planning committee. However, if the planning officers are minded to refuse the application, then the “call-in” is withdrawn. As long as the case for refusing an application is valid in planning terms, public pressure is influential

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