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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 Schools Trust.

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:

Deborah Seccull

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 – 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 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 further.

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 for consideration at the March PC meeting.

WODC Planning Decisions

16/03694/HHD 75, Park Road Erection of 2 story extension to rear APPROVED

16/03779/HHD 4, Windmill Heights Erection of rear extension and garage APPROVED

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 Room

17/00163/HHD 71A Park Road Erection of single story extension to rear

Updated : March 2017