Nicola joined almost a hundred local residents at Matthew Arnold School this weekend for a ‘Presentation Meeting’ on the future of West Way with SP Broadway, Mace, the new developers, Make, the architects, and Savills, the planning consultants.
Nicola backed local Botley community and the West Way Community Concern group in opposing the appalling Doric plans for West Way, not only campaigning alongside them but also speaking as a formal objector at the Planning Committee meeting last Autumn. Thankfully, the planning application was rejected outright and Mace have decided not to appeal that decision but rather to start from scratch and develop a proposal that can have community support.
No firm proposals were put forward at the Presentation Meeting but rather the consultation process and principles of how the new development team intended to work were set out.
Nicola says It’s early days and we are all badly burnt by our experience with Doric, who too often did not act in good faith. However, I welcome the commitment to transparency and a collaborative approach to finding a new development proposal for West Way that really lives up to the unique character of Botley. I will remain engaged in this process to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for local residents.