North Leigh CE Primary School
We’ve seen a very busy start to the new school year!
September saw us celebrating our conversion to academy status
with a special Collective Worship led by Rev. Margaret Dixon and
Rev. Simon Kirby and attended by the school community, parents,
local church representatives and members of The Oxfordshire Diocesan
Alongside getting down to some enthusiastic learning, we’ve also
been organising our School Parliament and Prefect teams and
establishing a 30 strong school choir (whose inaugural performance
took place at the St Mary’s Church Harvest Service).
We’re very keen to reach out to the local community and many of
you joined us for our Harvest Festival, where we collected food
donations for Besom; and our Coffee Afternoon in support of
Macmillan Cancer Support – helping us to raise a fantastic £262!
We hope to meet more of you at future events, including our
Christmas Fayre on Saturday 28th November, 3.00-6.00pm. We’d also
like to welcome you to our Celebration Worship assemblies, usually
held on Friday afternoons at 2.30pm. You can find more details of
these and everything else that’s happening in school on our new
school website at:
Updated : November 2015
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 –
- 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.
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
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
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 the 9th February.
Full minutes are available on the Parish Council website:
WODC indicated that there will be new garden waste rules starting
1st April. There will be flyers on the notice boards by Cuckamas
Green and the Library.
Several members of the public attended to discuss their
objections to the Rectory Homes development. There will be a public
meeting on Tuesday 7th March in Memorial Hall at 6.00pm to discuss
The council continued to discuss its own Neighbourhood Plan and
will be seeking volunteers – see below.
The Parish Council thanks those who took time to
respond to our notice about the Village Plan. We have taken note of
the ideas and are now seeking volunteers to join our Working Group.
If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk at
email@example.com for consideration at the March
WODC Planning Decisions
16/03694/HHD 75, Park Road Erection of 2 story extension to rear
16/03779/HHD 4, Windmill Heights Erection of rear extension and
16/03891/S73 18, Park Road Changes to Plot 1 APPROVED
16/03933/FUL North Leigh Business Park Erection of Industrial
building and associated parking APPROVED
16/4105/FUL Wilcote Grange Farm Erection of greenhouse APPROVED
16/4018/CLP 32, Windmill Road Erection of Office/Store APPROVED
16/00690/OUT Fair View, East End Erection of 4 bedroom house and
double garage APPEAL DISMISSED
North Leigh PC Planning Comments
16/01236/FUL Lower Riding Farm Appeal against refusal to convert
and refurbish barn and farmhouse
17/00181/HHD The Close, New Yatt Road Erection of timber Garden
17/00163/HHD 71A Park Road Erection of single story extension to
Updated : March 2017