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North Leigh CE Primary School

You can find details of everything that’s happening in school on our school website at:

Updated : July 2017

North Leigh Library

Dates for your diary

Opening hours are:

  • Monday              2.00 – 4.30pm
    (I.T. computer buddying 2.30 – 3.30pm contact 01993 882935 for more details)
  • Wednesday       3.00 – 7.00pm
  • Friday                   2.00 – 4.30pm
  • Saturday             10.00am – 12noon

Many thanks and look forward to seeing you.

Carol-Amy and Judith the librarians

Updated : July 2016

From the District Councillor

Dear fellow Residents,

The WODC Local Plan to 2031

As of last Friday 11th November, WODC 's revised draft Local Plan went on deposit for a consultation period which ends on Friday 23rd December. No specific sites are allocated in North Leigh which remains a medium sized village in the hierarchy of settlements. That will not prevent further applications being made in our village. We are aware of one looming from Rectory Homes - it has not been made as I write this but we think it may arrive at WODC any day. We will all need to respond to it and there may well be a meeting about it.

However, there is one major allocation proposed on the north side of Witney which could have significant implications for North Leigh, New Yatt and other villages to our east along the A4095. The North Witney allocation has been upped from 1000 dwellings to 1400 dwellings  - a 40% increase on a site that many think is already flawed. The rat running habits of people living to our West and South West are well known and entirely human behaviour but this proposal will add a great many more cars and HGVs to the already heavy burden we bear along the New Yatt Road and Park Road past our primary school, when added to the extra traffic movements that the Gladman site, sadly just approved on appeal -  the increased risk to our residents is unacceptable.

I was not in favour of this site and remain against its allocation but getting a Local Plan in place was in my view more important taken in the round, so the Plan still includes this site. However with enough persuasion the Inspector can remove it.

I would urge people concerned to respond to the Plan on this particular allocation which could affect North Leigh, as well as our neighbours in Hailey and North Witney. The latter are affected by real flood risk issues. 1000 acres from New Yatt down to Witney drain to one inlet pipe and all that surface water will have to cope with the additional drainage from about 1200 new homes which can only drain to the same point - a pipe that has surcharged repeatedly on numerous occasions. The scheme requires a ring road with a roundabout linking to the New Yatt Road and the West End Link Road across the flood plain of the Windrush , costed at c £24million and rising (rather like the floods that could result). 

Obviously if there is any other aspect of the Plan you wish to comment this is your last chance before the Examination in Public reopens next March.

Other News

There has been a reshuffle on the WODC Cabinet so that Geoff Haine is the Member now in charge of Planning and Development as a result of the previous incumbent, Warwick Robinson, dying very suddenly. Carol Reynolds is in charge of Environmental and Community matters; Toby Morris replaces Robert Courts as Deputy Leader following the latter's election as our new MP. If anyone wants to make contact with these Councillors try the WODC website where there is a link to their email addresses. Of course you can ring or email me instead - happy to try and help if I can. Do come to my Friday surgery hour, the next one booked for Friday 23rd December in NLMH committee room.  

We will soon be preparing the budget for next year- if there is something you would like me to raise in the Council debate let me know.

Planning application

Aquila Visum Ltd have submitted an application for a Premises Licence to sell alcohol (to take away) from a small shop on site. They are a small, local craft brewery who plan to manufacture in one of the business units in New Yatt Business Park. They will not be serving alcohol from the premises except in very small quantities at occasional tasting sessions. Normal business hours.

Harry St John

Telephone 01993 881529 or email 

Updated : December 2016

North Leigh Parish Council

Meets every second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Youth Centre of the Memorial Hall, North Leigh.

The council met on 13th July. Full minutes will be available on 

New Councillor

The council co-opted Andy Clements as Councillor on the 13th July 2017.  We welcome Andy to the council! 

Neighbourhood Plan

The Council has been considering the option of doing a Neighbourhood Plan.  The Council will make a decision at the next Parish Council meeting as to whether or not to move forward with one.  If the Council is to move forward with a Neighbourhood Plan, it will be looking for volunteers from the village to be part of a steering group. 

Grass Cutting

There have been several e-mails regarding grass cutting.  The clerk has met and spoken with WODC regarding any issues mentioned.  If you notice any further issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the clerk. 

Dog Fouling

It has been reported that there have been instances of dog fouling in the village.  We urge dog walkers to clean up after your dogs.

Planning Applications

The council has reported no objections to planning application 17/01821, Church Mead Church Road, North Leigh, erection of single storey extension.  

The council has re-confirmed its objections to planning application 16/04234/OUT, Land North and West and East of Belclose Cottage, Witney Road, North Leigh.  

The council has requested more time to respond to planning application 17/01845/RES, Land North of New Yatt Road, North Leigh, Residential development comprising 40 dwellings.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 14th September, 7.30pm in the Youth Centre, Memorial Hall. All Council meetings are open to the public and we welcome your participation. 

Parish Clerk, Allison Leigh, 26 Eaton Village, Eaton, Oxfordshire  OX13 5PR                          E-mail address:


Wheelie bins for recycling

From October wheelie bins will replace black boxes for most of our recycling, the only exception being glass which will still be collected separately in black boxes.

During the summer you will receive a letter from the Council about the delivery of your new wheelie bins. In the meantime, if you want to find out more visit

Updated : August 2017