Headington News: Friday 13 September, 2019

Community (parish) council for Headington?

Oxford City Council will decide on Monday 7 October 2019 whether the area of Headington covered by the Neighbourhood Plan should have a parish council, with the decision based on the recent consultation. If such a parish council is established, the first elections to it would take place in May 2020, with a possible number of councillors of between 15 and 20. The area concerned has an electorate of around 11,000.

Consultation on the plan on which this decision will be based closed on 23 August 2019, but the information can still be seen here:

Those who lived in the area voted Yes to the Headington Neighbourhood Plan at the referendum in 2017, which stated that one of the projects to reinforce the identity of Headington would be to consider parish status, which might provide continuity for the Neighbourhood Forum.

Other Parish Councils in north-east Oxford

There are two other parish councils in and near Headington:

Flats on top of Barclays Bank: withdrawn

Bradford Securities Ltd of Wolvercote have withdrawn their planning application to erect three one-bedroom apartments on a new floor on top of Barclays Bank (on the corner of London Road and Old High Street). The new floor would have been clad on the outside with anodised aluminium in bronze finish.

Proposed Holy Trinity Church extension

A planning application was submitted in August 2019 for an extension to the north side of Holy Trinity Church in Quarry comprising a kitchen, crèche room, and toilet for the disabled:

New development on Old Road campus

In July 2013 outline planning permission was granted to the University of Oxford for buildings on five plots on the Old Road campus:

The University of Oxford submitted two detailed applications in mid-2019 relating to the proposed Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine on Plot B3 on the corner of Churchill Drive and Roosevelt Drive

(1) “Details submitted in compliance with condition 4 (Restrict building heights), condition 5 (materials), condition 6 (Landscape and public realm), condition 7 (Protection of trees), condition 8 (Arboricultural method statement.), condition 10 (Landscape management), condition 11 (Boundary treatments), condition 18 (Sustainability strategy), condition 19 (Foul & surface water), condition 20 (Sustainable drainage), condition 21 (Ground contamination), condition 22 (Vibration and piling), condition 23 (Petrol / oil interceptors), condition 24 (Noise attenuation), condition 25 (Internal & external lighting), condition 26 (Cooking smells), condition 27 (Repeat ecological surveys), condition 29 (Habitat creation), condition 31 (Archaeological watching brief) of planning permission 12/02072/OUT”.

(2) “Application for reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, scale and layout)for plot B3 to create institute of Developmental Regenerative Medicine (IDRM)”:

Two public consultation were held at Boundary Brook House on 8 & 9 February 2019 on the University's plan for this site. They would like the new development to be a bridge between the campus and the neighbouring residential area, offering attractive landscaping and amenity space for both. The IDRM would “bring together 200+ world-leading researchers to tackle the most pressing scientific and clinical problems in the fields of developmental biology and regenerative medicine”.

New development on JR site

Pup Architects have submitted an application for two single-storey buildings for meeting room and office use on the John Radcliffe Hospital site. These buildings will be for Oxford's Health Innovation Hub (The Hill).

Ronald McDonald House

In December 2018 Ronald McDonald House Charities started building a new four-storey, 62-room Ronald McDonald House on the 0.4 hectare site of the disused tennis courts at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The site is bounded to the north by Hospital Car Park 2a, to the east and south by Woodlands Road, and to the west by the rear gardens of Sandfield Road:

At present the charity can only offer 17 rooms on the top floor of the children's hospital and cannot meet the demand.

Bullingdon Community Centre

A decision on the new-build replacement of the existing Bullingdon Community Centre that is in poor condition will be made on Wednesday 13 November 2019:

New designs for the replacement centre were revealed by the city council on Thursday 4 July.

The initial plans approved in March 2018 for “Part demolition of existing community centre. Erection of part single part double height front and side extension” were abandoned when the city council discovered that a filled-in quarry was buried beneath the building:

Brookes: Plans for student village refused
Clive Booth Student Village

In October 2018 Oxford Brookes University submitted a full planning application to gain 500 extra bed spaces by demolishing Blocks C, F, G, H, J, K, L, and M of Clive Booth Student Village and erecting 1,077 student bedrooms with associated communal and social facilities. This application was refused by the East Area Planning Committee on 5 June 2019:

Replacement of Helena Kennedy Building

The planning application by Oxford Brookes for the demolition of the existing Helena Kennedy building and the erection of replacement academic building for the Faculty of Technology, Design, and Environment was approved on 1 August 2018, and work is now underway:

The designs were shown at a public exhibition in March 2018:

“Bayswater Oxford” development plan

The South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan is currently being reviewed following the loss of control of the authority by the Conservatives in the May 2019 local elections.

On 20 December 2018 South Oxfordshire District Council voted to approve the published version of its new Local Plan. In the Headington area, the SODC plan includes a proposed development of land to the north of the Bayswater Brook, between the Marston flyover and Bayswater Road, plus the remaining land of Bayswater Farm to the east of Bayswater Road.

The land, which adjoins both Barton Park and Barton, is (1) in the Green Belt, (2) privately owned, and (3) on land that comes under South Oxfordshire District Council.

On 3 April 2019 the Pegasus Group (on behalf of Dorchester Residential Management and Christ Church, Oxford) submitted a request to South Oxford District Council for an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Opinion for the construction of up to 1,100 residential dwellings, local centre, primary school, and associated infrastructure on this land to the north of the Bayswater Brook, Oxford (but not including the land to the east of Bayswater Road). This was formerly adopted by SODC on 27 May 2019:

Full information on the development

Barton Park development

A important planning application for Phase 3 of Barton Park (which is being built before Phase 2) was approved by the East Area Planning Committee on 3 July 2019:

“Details of reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance, and landscaping) for third phase of the Barton Park development, pursuant of condition 3 of the outline planning permission 13/01383/OUT. The works comprise the construction of 207 residential units (Class C3) with associated means of access and highways works; car and cycle parking; hard and soft landscaping; public realm works and ancillary structures, including a substation.”

Phase 3 will be built by Redrow.

For full details about the whole Barton Park development, please see the separate page: Barton Park development

Redevelopment of JR Ivy Lane flats

A2 Dominion South Ltd has submitted a planning application for:

“Demolition of existing buildings. Phased construction of key worker housing comprising 56 cluster units, 21 x one-bed studio apartments, 48 flats (17 x one-bed, 31 x two-beds), management office and associated works including parking and landscaping”.

Currently there are 408 key-worker bedrooms on the Ivy Lane site, and the new development will provide 468.

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and housing group A2Dominion also proposes to build another 90 staff homes at the Churchill Hospital.

Cuckoo Lane: new path

On 29 March 2019 Oxford Direct Services started the construction of a new path on the eroded stretch of Cuckoo Lane between Pullens Lane and Franklin Road. Tarmac has been laid and is now being left before being dressed with buff gravel. Appropriate wild flower seed will be sown in the autumn.

If in future it is considered appropriate to pursue an upgrade to a formal cycle route, a legal process would need to be followed, with associated public consultation.

29 Old High Street

29 Old High Street

Current planning application

Martin Young submitted another planning application on 22 March 2019 relating to work done in 1978 “to certify that the demolition of the front and rear entrances is lawful development”:

Earlier appeal dismissed

Martin Young's appeal against the city council's refusal (17/02576/CPU) “to certify that the proposed subdivision of existing house to form 2x 2-bed flats (Use Class C3) and erection of 3no. dwellings to create a 2x 2-bed flat and 1x 1-bed flat (Use Class C3) is lawful development” was dismissed on 8 February 2019:

Refused Appeal APP/G3110/X/17/3191929

More student housing proposed

Frontier Estates (who built the student housing on the corner of Latimer Road) have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of a large corner plot of land at Jack Straw's Lane and Marston Road:

“Redevelopment of the site comprising demolition of existing carpenter's yard buildings, 1 and 3 Jack Straw's Lane, and 302, 304, 312 Marston Road, and the erection of six new buildings to provide 5 C3 dwellings (3 x 1 bed, 2 x 2 bed), 161 student rooms, and 108sqm (Class B1 (a)) office space"

Gym for Headington Centre

Anytime Fitness is now fitting out a new gym the two floors above Caffè Nero at Victory House at 116–120 London Road (on the corner of Windmill Road). It is expected to open on 30 August 2019.

Two planning applications have been approved:

  • “Change of use from non-residential institutions (Use Class D1) to 24 hour gym (Use Class D2)”: 19/00151/FUL
  • “Display of 3no. internally illuminated fascia signs, 1no. internally illuminated projecting sign, 1no. internally illuminated entrance sign and 3no. non-illuminated vinyl signs”: 19/01227/ADV
Review of Oxford ward boundaries

On 5 February 2019 the Local Government Boundary Commission published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Oxford City Council:

The main changes for the Headington area include:

  • Barton Park to be included in Barton ward
  • Area between Barton Park and Barton Road to transfer from Barton & Sandhills ward to Headington ward
  • Staff accommodation in John Radcliffe grounds to transfer from Headington ward to Headington Hill & Northway ward.
New controlled parking zones (CPZs)
The funding of new parking zones in Oxford is a joint venture by the City and County Councils


New CPZs at Wood Farm (WF) and Headington Quarry (HQ) were introduced in 2019, bringing the total number of CPZs in Headington to nine.

Oxfordshire County Council has also consulted on the possibility of three more CPZs in the Headington area:

The seven older CPZs in Headington are Girdlestone Road (GR), Headington Central (HE), Headington North-east (HN), Headington West (HA and (HB), Lye Valley (LV), Northway (NW), and The Lakes (LK). They are operated by the county council.

Planning appeals in 2019

Eight planning appeals relating to properties in Headington have so far been decided in 2019:

(1) 29 Old High Street

DISMISSED: see above

(2) 33 Perrin Street (13 September 2018)

ALLOWED: Appeal against refusal of “Application to certify that the proposed demolition of garden shed and erection of a rear garden outbuilding is lawful development” (18/00991/CPU)

(3) 18 Osler Road (4 October 2018)

ALLOWED: Appeal against refusal of “Demolition of existing dwelling. Erection of a one and a half storey building to provide 2 x 2-bed dwellings (Use Class C3). Provision of private amenity space, and bin and cycle store” (8/00850/FUL)

(4) Heathfield House, Pullens Lane (October 2018)

DISMISSED: Appeal by Rye St Antony School against refusal of “Fell 2no. Corsican Pines in Headington Hill Conservation Area” (18/02230/TPO)

(5) 14 Burdell Avenue, Sandhills (17 September 2018)

DISMISSED: Appeal against refusal of “Erection of a single-storey rear extension and two-storey side and rear extension” (18/01023/FUL)

(6) 147 Headley Way (21 January 2019)

DISMISSED: Appeal against refusal of “Change of use of dwellinghouse (Use Class C3) to a House of Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4) (Retrospective)” (18/01192/FUL)

(7) 28 Sandfield Road (January 2019)

DISMISSED: Appeal against “Erection of 2 x 3-bed semi-detached dwellings (Use Class C3). Provision of private amenity space, car parking and bin and cycle storage” (19/00001/REFUSE)

(8) 1 Aldebarton Drive (March 2019)

DISMISSED: Appeal against refusal of “Erection of 1x2-bed dwellinghouse (Use Class C3)” (19/00013/REFUSE)


One planning appeal still awaiting a decision
(1) 4 Lime Walk (April 2019)

Appeal against “Demolition of former MOT facility (Use Class B2). Erection of three-storey building to create 3 x 1-bed flats and 2 x 2-bed flats (Use Class C3) . Erection of a single-storey building to create 1 x 2-bed flat (Use Class C3). Provision of private amenity space, bin and cycle storage, alterations to landscaping, and formation of 1no. disabled parking space” (17/01480/FUL)

Some recent planning applications
Flats above 2A, 2B, and 2C Windmill Road

A planning application was approved on 28 June 2019 for the top of Hollytree House in Windmill Road, namely the area above 2A (Sue Ryder shop), 2B (Salon Scandinavia) and 2C (Leaders). It is for “Erection of a second floor extension on existing flat roof to create 2 x 2-bed and 1 x 1-bed dwellings (Use Class C3) to include 2no. balconies to the rear and 1no. balcony to the front. Provision of bin store to rear and cycle storage to ground floor lobby area.”.

An earlier application for an extension on this flat roof validated on 28 November 2019 was refused on 23 January 2019, principally on the grounds of harm to the streetscape, lack of outdoor amenity space, and inadequate bin and bicycle storage:

Plans for six new flats in Lime Walk

An earlier application for this site has gone to appeal: see above

The following application for the site of 4 Lime Walk was withdrawn in May 2019:
“Demolition of former MOT facility (Use Class B2).
Erection of three-storey building to create 3 x 1-bed flats
and 2 x 2-bed flats (Use Class C3).
Erection of a single-storey building to create 1 x 2-bed flat
(Use Class C3). Provision of private amenity space,
bin and cycle storage, alterations to landscaping
and formation of 1no. disabled parking space”:

Beauty/massage parlour at 291 & 293 London Road

Two planning applications have been approved:

Replacement of 295–301 London Road with flats

A planning application was submitted on 6 February 2019 for “Outline application with all matters reserved apart from scale and access for the demolition of existing two storey building comprising offices at ground floor level and 2 x 1-bed flats at first floor level and its replacement with a three-storey building comprising eight flats (2 x 1-bed flats, 4 x 2-bed flats and 2 x 3-bed flats) along with access to the rear at the site (serving a car park belonging to the adjacent Sikh Temple). Provision bin and cycle storage and private amenity space.”

This building was built for the Currill family in 1890 as a house and a shoe shop. In more recent years it was occupied by Sharp & Howse.

An earlier application for this site for the conversion of existing offices into two shops was approved on 7 February 2018:


Two undecided earlier planning applications
Ampleforth Arms

“Part demolition of the existing public house. Part redevelopment and conversion to create a new community run public house at basement and ground floor level. Creation of 1 x 1-bed, 3 x 2-bed and 2 x 3 bed apartments (Use Class C3) and erection of 1 x 3-bed dwellinghouse (Use Class C3). Provision of private amenity space, landscaping and car parking”

C.S. Lewis Nature Reserve

A "Save the C. S. Lewis Nature Reserve” petition to Oxford City Council has over 4,000 signatures. It relates to a planning application by the Wychwood Foundation for housing adjacent to 4 Wychwood Lane for vulnerable adults:

“Erection of 2.5 storey building to provide 9 apartments (4x3 beds, 3x2 beds and 2x1 beds) on behalf of the Wychwood Foundation. Provision of ancillary facilities, 22 car parking spaces, cycle parking and amenity space. Creation of new vehicular access from Lewis Close”

This access road runs very near the reserve. Over 200 people have objected to the application.

JR to expand Emergency department

The extension to the Emergency Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital was approved unanimously by the East Area Planning Committee on 7 November 2018, and worked started in December 2018 with the reduction of the size of the nearby roundabout.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust submitted a planning application in July 2018 for “The expansion of the Emergency Department of the John Radcliffe Hospital through to the provision of a two storey extension to A and E unit and refurbishment of existing space to provide, resuscitation bays, [paediatric] resuscitation bays, enhanced resuscitation room and isolation room. The provision over ancillary works such as external plant and other associated landscape works including revised land layout and dedicated ambulance parking”:

Holy Trinity Church extension

The Consistory Court of the Oxford Diocese judged in June 2018 that the extension to Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry should go ahead:

On 7 September 2016 the East Area Planning Committee approved the planning application by Holy Trinity Church for “Erection of single-storey extension to north elevation”:

The church withdrew an earlier planning application submitted in February 2015 so that pre-application discussions could be held with the planning officer.

Ruskin College

In April 2018 the East Area Planning Committee granted Ruskin College planning permission for two big applications submitted in September 2017:

(1) Main Headington site: “(i) Erection of 65 bed student accommodation building on four storeys. (ii) Erection of 30 bed student accommodation building on two and three storeys. Demolition of Bowen Building”:

(2) Stoke House on the other side of Stoke Place: “Erection of 12 study bedroom annex on two floors”:

New research building at JR Hospital

Building work started in April 2018 on a new neuroscience research facility at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The new building is intended to provide purpose-built facilities for the Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia (CPSD), as well as providing additional research and desk space for the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB). Both of these organisations are component units of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (part of the University’s Medical Sciences Division). When the development is complete, it will create the UK’s largest dedicated centre for stroke research.

Members of the University and the design team held two consultation events at Osler House on 28 and 29 April 2017 and construction began in 2018.

“Botnar 3” plans

Preliminary work started on the Botnar 3 site in 2018.

Plans submitted by Nuffield Orthopaedic Limited for a new development at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre were approved by the East Area Planning Committee in January 2017. They are for “Demolition of temporary office building. Erection of freestanding two-storey research building (Botnar 3) with glazed footbridge link to existing Botnar Research Centre building. Provision of 4 disabled car parking spaces and covered cycle store for 200 bicycles”.

This building will be connected to the present Botnar Research Centre on the other side of the access road by a bridge).

Three plans relating to this application have been approved:

  • Erection of new electrical substation: 16/02686/FUL
  • Formation of replacement car park for eight vehicles for a temporary period: 16/02688/FUL
Old Road Campus/Churchill & Park Hospitals
Sobell House

The Sobell House Charity is building a new specialist facility at the Churchill Hospital aimed at patients with more complex illnesses such as dementia. It will overlook Southfield Golf Course and cost £5m.

Precision Cancer Medicine Institute

Universities, Science, and Cities Minister Greg Clark visited the Old Road campus on 23 October 2014 and announced that a new £110m cancer centre, the Precision Cancer Medicine Institute would open in Headington. It will be on the Churchill Hospital site, south of Roosevelt Drive and will have 200 workers studying drug, surgery, and radiation therapy in cancer patients.

New 885-room student village for Brookes

Planning permission was granted by the East Area Planning Committee in December 2017 for the following application by Unite Students for the BT site (formerly part of Cowley Barracks) at James Wolfe Road off Hollow Way:
“Demolition of existing buildings. Erection of new student accommodation comprising of 885 student rooms (of which 46 would be fully accessible), communal areas and amenity provision, associated cafe and shop, laundrettes, plant room and electricity substation, new vehicular and pedestrian access to James Wolfe Road and closure of existing, cycle parking, landscaping and new enclosures. Use of student accommodation outside term time by cultural and academic visitors and by conference and summer school delegates”.

Unite Students have announced a 25-year partnership with Brookes University for the use of this block. This will be the third Brookes student block run by them (the others being Beech House and Dorset House on the London Road). The new village could be ready to admit Brookes students as early as 2019:



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Shop/business changes in Headington in 2019

The Black Boy is temporarily closed, but Everard's are advertising for new managers.

Buongiorno e Buonasera

Buongiorno e Buonasera at 92 London Road closed in July 2019.

Strutt > Il Botanico Oxford Fiori e Caffe

Il Botanico Oxford Fiori e Caffe is due to open soon at 9 Windmill Road, which has been vacant since Strutt closed at Christmas 2018.

Dragon Express > Rio's Piri Piri Restaurant

The Dragon Express at 81A London Road closed in June 2019 following a grim hygiene rating in February. Rio's Piri Piri Restaurant is due to open there soon

ABC Restaurant

This is due to open soon on the ground floor of the Mount Pleasant Hotel at 76 London Road. It appears that the hotel upstairs will stay open.

Finders Keepers crosses the London Road

Hampton's estate agent at 122 London Road closed in May 2019, and Finders Keepers crossed the London Road and opened there on 1 July 2019. (Both businesses are owned by the Countrywide Property Services Group.)

Oxford Wills & Probate/English Rose Kitchens

Choice Tiles moved in with Leopard Press at 12 Windmill Road next door in January 2019, and Oxford Wills & Probate with English Rose Kitchens moved into 10 Windmill Road

Lloyds Bank

This bank at 85–87 London Road is due to close on Monday 16 September 2019.

Vacant premises in Headington centre
Former Post Office

142 London Road

The Post Office moved to the Co-op in February 2016, and the temporary shop that had been operating from the building closed on 23 December 2017.

Former Finders Keepers

113 London Road

Finders Keepers moved to bigger premises across the road on 1 July 2019, so their original shop is now vacant

Former Vente Hair

2 The Parade, Windmill Road

Closed on 8 February 2019. Now marked as let. Had been advertised as available to let via Chancellor's at £21.000 per year

Former Sun of a Beach tanning salon

This salon at 65 London Road closed down in July 2019. On 28 June 2019 RMA Investments were granted permission for change of use from tanning salon (Sui Generis) to Class A3 or A5 (café/takeaway): 19/01160/FUL

Former Buongiorno e Buonasera

Buongiorno e Buonasera at 92 London Road closed in July 2019. Silverlynx Ltd submitted a planning application in August 2019 for “Change of use from Shops (Use Class A1) to Restaurants and Café (Use Class A3)” (19/02230/FUL)


Two empty shops undergoing building work
Former Angels Hair

111 London Road

Vacant since May 2017 and undergoing extensive building work upstairs (Angels Hair are now in different premises at 97 London Road). Planning application 18/01568/FUL was approved in August 2018 to build two flats behind this shop, and in July 2019 a further application was approved relating to the shop on the ground floor: “Reconfiguration of shop front to provide level access, wheel chair accessible door and associated fenestration changes” (19/01126/FUL).

Former Japlene

6 Windmill Road

Closed at Christmas 2018 prior to moving to 28 The Hill, Garsington.
Planning permission was granted on 5 April 2019 to convert the first floor into a flat (19/00057/FUL) and presumably the shop will remain empty until the work is complete.

First World War remembrances: 1919–1920

Three men listed on the First World War memorials of Headington died in 1919 (and one in 1920)

Poppy Private William Irving (46), a maltster labourer who lived with his wife and two children in New High Street, died in Egypt on 11 January 1919, and buried at the Suez War Memorial Cemetery.

Poppy Private George Skey (21), who lived at Pitts Road, died of wounds in Oxford on 20 February 2019 and buried in the churchyard of Headington Quarry Methodist Church.

Poppy Private Henry Trafford (38), a bricklayer's labourer who lived with his parents at Vine Cottage in Quarry High Street, died in Headington on 19 March 1919 from heart complications as a result of malaria contracted in Salonika and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard.

Poppy Private Arthur Ernest Taylor (22), who lived with his parents at Cooper's Hill in Quarry, died in Headington in July 1920.

Biographies of all 120 who died

New office building for All Saints Road

Building started in autumn 2018 of a new two-storey office building in All Saints Road between Nos. 7 and 9 (at the rear of 73 Lime Walk):

An earlier application for an office building here was approved in September 2015 (15/02281/FUL), but an application to remove conditions from the plans was refused in May 2017 (17/00435/VAR).

Offices becoming flats


Nielsen's, which was on the London Road near the Thornhill Park & ride for 60 years, sold their 12-acre site to developers in 2016 and moved to the Oxford Business Park in March 2018.

Since May 2014 the conversion of B1(a) commercial property to C3 homes can be granted immediately under permitted development rights as long as specified aspects (such as transport and highway impacts, and contamination and flooding risks) are checked first. In December 2017 an application submitted by Shaviram Headington Limited for “Change of use of Nielsen House and annex from office (Use Class B1(a)) to residential (Use Class C3) to provide 114 x 1-bed flats and 20 x 2-bed flats” was approved:

In December 2016 prior approval was granted to Headington Developments Ltd for “Change of use of Nielsen House and annex from office (Use Class B1(a)) to residential (Use Class C3) to provide 30 x 1-bed flats and 63 x 2-bed flats”.

An earlier application was rejected because the developer provided insufficient information relating to flooding and contamination risks:

Other similar conversions in Headington

When the government brought in this scheme in 2013, officials anticipated that it might result in as few as five extra conversion projects a year across the whole of England, but so far there have been ten successful applications in the Headington area alone:

Repatriation tributes in Headley Way

The John Radcliffe Hospital houses the Armed Forces Department of Pathology, and when members of the forces are killed their bodies are taken there. The funeral cortège passes through Marsh Lane and Headington on their way to the hospital. From March 2008 to May 2014 the Royal British Legion, joined by members of the public, held 153 repatriation tributes for 321 members of the services outside St Anthony of Padua Church in Headley Way, but thankfully such repatriations are at present rare.

There was a campaign for a memorial to be put on the roundabout at the Final Turn to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Sign up on the official Oxfordshire County Council website to be notified of any future repatriation dates and times:

Site of former Quarry Gate pub

Following two unsuccessful applications, the following outline application was approved in October 2017:

In April 2018 Seville Developments tidied up the site and submitted a full planning application for three houses on this site. This plan was refused on 19 June 2018 on the grounds that it “fails to relate to the strong sense of character of the surrounding area”:

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HMO legislation

A house in multi-occupation in Oxford must have C4 planning permission, which is unlikely to be granted in streets that already have a high proportion of student housing. The following appeals by landlords relating to the refusal of change of use from C3 to C4 status in Headington have been refused:

In addition, since 24 February 2012, Oxford City Council regulations have required that a house with just three or four unrelated occupants is licensed as a HMO. Licences for these smaller houses are awarded subject to modifications being made within six months (e.g. a cooker now has to have a work-surface on each side; there must be a wired in smoke-detector on each floor and a heat detector in the kitchen; the kitchen area must be fitted with a fire door; and where the front door can be double-locked, a box with key and hammer has to be attached to the wall).

“Access to Headington”

Work on the third phase of the £12.5m “Access to Headington” started after Easter 2018 following an announcement by the Oxfordshire Growth Board that an extra £3 million will be made available for the project. See this county council page for up-to-date information:

In April 2018 a new pedestrian crossing of the London Road was created near Osler Road.

In Cherwell Drive/Headley Way, 26 trees were felled and work started in earnest on 14 May 2018 with temporary lights for three weeks at the junction of Marsh Lane and Headley Way while central islands were removed and reinstated with a temporary road surface.

The Headley Way work was originally due to start on 24 July 2017 but was postponed because of urgent sewer work in St Clement's; and then it was due to run from 22 January to October 2018 but could not start until funding was certain:

The work at Headley Way was originally due to start on 24 July 2017.

The second phase of the project started in the Slade in March 2017 and was completed in the spring of 2018:

The first phase of this project at Old Road began on 17 October 2016 and is complete.


On 9 June 2016 David Nimmo-Smith, the County Council Cabinet Member for Environment (including Transport), approved the £12.5m “Access to Headington” revised plans:

New plans just for Headley Way and Windmill Road were released by the county council on 28 April 2016, and this extra consultation closed on 23 May 2016:

The county council's designs were sent out to the 4,500 homes most directly affected, and are also available here online:

The formal consultation on the Traffic Consultation Orders (TROs) closed on 25 March 2016.

All the proposed road humps at side road entries had a consultation of their own, which closed on 8 April 2016:

Cycling report recommendations for Headington

Andrew Gilligan, former cycling commissioner for London who helped deliver London's first segregated cycle superhighways, has produced the following report, published on 2 July 2018, for the National Infrastructure Commission:

He reports that five high-quality segregated or low-traffic routes should be created in Oxford, of which two pass through Headington: see paras 72 and 74, reproduced below.

72. Eastern Arc – Main road route, segregated or semi-segregated throughout, along London Road from Brookes University to Headington, Thornhill park and ride and continuing to Wheatley, including major improvements to Barton roundabout. Branches to John Radcliffe Hospital via filtering on Osler Road; to Old Road campus and Churchill Hospital site via filtering on Lime Walk. Links with existing "Access to Headington" scheme on The Slade and Headley Way. This route, particularly aimed at "last mile" cyclists, would link Thornhill park and ride to many major employment and university sites in the Eastern Arc.

74. Marston cyclepath – Extension of existing, successful route from new Marston to John Radcliffe Hospital and New Barton via short stretches of improved track on Marston Road, filtering on Jack Straw's Lane, better crossings of Marston Road and Headley Way, improved track on the hospital approach road, crossing of A40. The "Access to Headington" plans for this section of Headley Way don't provide a good enough crossing.

More Headington heat pipes?

A joint study commissioned by Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford published on 11 May 2017 puts forward three additional heat-network options for Headington:

(1) Old Road Campus & Warneford Hospital scheme (1.6km)
This would connect a new energy centre at the Warneford to adjacent buildings and the Old Road Campus

(2) Clive Booth Student Village scheme (0.7km)

(3) Headington West scheme (2.8km)
This would join large loads around Oxford Brookes University and Headington School with an energy centre at the Warneford Hospital.

Headington city council ward

The LibDem councillors have a website with news relating to the central Headington ward. As their ward includes most of the central shopping area, it will also be of interest to people in other parts of Headington.

Headington Action revised grant schemes

Headington Action can provide small grants for projects that will benefit the local community.  There are two types of grant: Small Sparks Grants offer start-up funding, typically to enable new projects to ‘get off the ground’, while Community Support Grants provide for other community activities.  Normal limits are £250 for Small Sparks and £500 for Community Support Grants. 

Application forms and further details are available here on the Headington Action website.

Letting out driveways for parking

In July 2015 JustPark wrote to nearly every household in Headington suggesting that they could earn £1500 a year renting out their driveway. A search for "Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom" on their website reveals that over 100 people in the area were already doing this with them:

Prices range from £3.80 per day for Spring Lane and Bayswater Road to £21.30 per day for Old Road.

Similar companies are also operating in the area: ParkLet and Your Parking Space and Park on My Drive.

Property in Headington owned offshore

Private Eye has put online an interactive map showing all English and Welsh property acquired by overseas companies since 2005.

If you search for Headington, you will see that some large properties in the centre of Headington such as Kennett House and Dorset House are owned abroad, as well as some smaller ones such as those occupied by the NatWest Bank, Starbucks, and Boots. There are also individual houses (including houses in multiple occupation) owned in the British Virgin islands.

Community newspapers

The city council's six regeneration areas have a community newspaper, and three of these areas are in the Headington district. See the latest editions here: