Woodstock Town Council

Incorporated by Royal Charter of Henry VI in 1453

Welcome to Woodstock Town Council's Website


For important local information go direct to the town notice board below

Information on this website is now "searchable". 
Go to our dedicated "Search" page for more details

Where possible, agendas for Council meetings are posted here approx five days before the meeting on the meetings page
The latest minutes for the Town Council are now available at the
For more general public information, including local events
go to the Other News Page

Town residents are encouraged to participate in Town Council meetings.
Please check dates and times from the "Meetings" page or any of the Council's notice boards.
If you want to speak you will have to let the Clerk know in advance.  Go to the "Meetings" page and click on "Council's Policy on the Participation of the Public at its Meetings".

Information on the towns cemeteries, play areas and nature reserves is on the "Environment" page

The Notice Board
Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review 2011-2031 (Part 1):
 Oxford's Unmet Housing Need
Notice of Submission and Statement of Availability
A letter has been sent from Cherwell District Council attached

The accompany documentation is available for inspection at:
Woodstock Town Hall (phone 01993 811216 beforehand to check office opening hours)
Woodstock Library, Hensington Road, during opening times
West Oxfordshire District Council, New Yatt Road, Witney (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)
and other locations, as listed in the attached letter
or on-line at www.cherwell.gov.uk/partial-review
                                                                                                                                               14th March

Consultation on Further Main Modifications to the Submission
Draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan (2011 – 2031)
West Oxfordshire District Council has published a series of Further Main Modifications to the Local Plan for consultation
The Local Plan establishes a vision of the District in 2031 and sets out a series of objectives, policies and proposals to guide that vision. The plan seeks to address a number of key challenges facing the District including housing, employment, transport and protection of the natural and historic environment. To provide further detail at the local level, the plan splits the District into five sub-areas and sets out a detailed strategy for each. The Local Plan covers the entire administrative area of West Oxfordshire District.
The Further Main Modifications (FMMs) are intended to address various issues raised during and since the Local Plan examination hearing sessions held in May and July 2017 including those set out in the Inspector’s letter of 16 January 2018.
Additional information about the consultation including where to view documents and how to respond to the consultation is available in the attached letter. Further information can also be viewed on the Council's website
The consultation period runs from Thursday 22nd February 2018 to Monday 9th April 2018.
Any comments must therefore be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 9th April 2018.
All comments received within this period will be submitted to the Inspector together with the proposed Further Main Modifications and supporting documentation. They will also be made available for public inspection.
For further information please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01993 861667 or email:

Notice of Town Councillor Vacancies
An election was held on 15th February 2018 for a councillor vacancy.
The Declaration of Result of the Poll is attached here 

Notice of a 2nd vacancy is attached 
Notice of Election of a Woodstock Town Councillor attached

Statement of Persons Nominated attached
Date of Election:  Thursday 5th April 2018
London Oxford Airport Consultation
Notification of a Public Consultation has been received from the Airport Manager, London Oxford Airport.
The consultation period will commence on Friday 15 December 2017 and finish on 5th April 2018.  To see the plans, and find out how you can comment, please visit the following webpage: 

Further details at: https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/bznacp.cfm  

Property Statement
The Town Council owns properties in the centre of the town, and tries to ensure they provide living accommodation/retail units to the benefit of Woodstock.

By law, we must obtain best value on the property. The world of leases is complex and the Council must rely on its professional advisers (Carter Jonas) before acting.

The Council is aware of local frustration that there is an empty unit in a key location within the Town, but there are constant negotiations between the agent and the leaseholder to try to resolve the matter. No money is owed to Woodstock Town Council. The current lease has a couple of years to run, and to get a new occupant into the shop it is incumbent on the leaseholder to assign to a third party.

Personal issues are making this less than straightforward, but the most recent advice is that it may be resolvable.
The public must understand that the Council is not holding up a new tenancy – on the contrary it is doing everything it can to encourage an assignment. They must also understand that the personal matters of Council tenants cannot be publicly discussed.

We must all be patient.
                                                                                                                                                                July 2017

A Vision for the Future of Woodstock
The revised West Oxfordshire District Council Draft Local Plan includes new sites for housing development which, if approved, will increase the size of Woodstock dramatically.  As well as the 300 homes planned for 'Land South-East of Woodstock', the Plan proposes 250 homes on land north of Banbury Road and 120 homes on land north of Hill Rise in Old Woodstock.
A questionnaire was circulated to residents by Woodstock Town Council and the replies have been collated.  Attached are the following documents:
1.  Woodstock 2050: Towards a Vision (Statement which was attached to questionnaire)
Report on response to WTC Questionnaire/Vision Statement
3.  An Update on Housing Plans for Woodstock

District’s Parking Strategy
Following a car parking survey which took place earlier in the year, West Oxfordshire District Council has recently sought people’s views on its’ new parking strategy.  Over 2,600 people completed the council survey last spring and this data, coupled with further in-depth research, has led to the development of the strategy for West Oxfordshire.

The report offers a range of proposals including the provision of more parking spaces in key areas, improvements to existing facilities and a review of enforcement. It will provide a blueprint for the Council to help make a decision on any proposed parking changes or improvements.  The key policy of free parking at all 15 car parks across the district which the Council owns or manages remains at the heart of the strategy. Detailed solutions for individual car parks and communities are not included as this will vary for site to site.

The parking strategy is available to view at council reception points and online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/parkingstrategy


Power Cuts Helpline
West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.
  It can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.
By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.
The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.  Visit www.powercut105.com
 to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.


 The Oxfordshire Comet
Transport from your door to destination
The Oxfordshire Comet is the new bookable transport service from Oxfordshire County Council,
 available for people in Woodstock that do not have access to suitable public transport.

you need to be in Oxfordshire, the Comet can get you there.
 The Comet can do
one-off journeys, regular and group trips.
We can also offer regular routes for local communities, similar to a bus route.
The service is available 10.15am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday
Costs will vary
based on your journey and travel type
To book a journey
call 01865 323201
For full terms and conditions visit

High-speed Broadband Arrives in Woodstock
Read more here and download the flyer here
WODC Warn of Parking Enforcement Issues
Read more here
Check out the new Cotswold Tourism website and Woodstock's entry at
Friends of the Woodstock Watermeadows
Please see latest news on our Environment Page
Thames Valley Local Policing Team
Click here for information about Woodstock's Local Policing Team
A Survey of Rare Bee-Orchids
The field between the new Marlborough Fields estate and Budds Close is a haven for orchids.  Bob Pomfret, our volunteer warden for the Budds Close nature reserve has prepared a survey of the orchids which may be under threat from possible development proposals.  Go to the Environment page to read the report
Section 106 Infrastructure
Ever wondered what "Section 106" planning jargon is all about?
Click here to find out the projects that have been funded from the recent building of homes at Shipton Road.
Want Advice on Clearing Snow and Ice?
Click here for information from Action with Communities in Rural England