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


Woodstock Parking Review
WODC announced at a Traffic Advisory Meeting held in Woodstock last week, that the process for undertaking the long-awaited parking review in Woodstock has started.  A document explaining some of the background and outlining the stages of the process are contained in the document which WODC circulated at the meeting, see attached

Local Plan given the final seal of approval
Councillors have voted in favour of formally adopting the Local Plan for West Oxfordshire.  At an extraordinary meeting of the full council, the document which establishes a blueprint for the development of the District until 2031, was given the final seal of approval, ending a process which stretches back nine years. The Local Plan sets out how the District can achieve economic growth and a housing target of 15,950 new homes, although some have already been built as the Plan covers the period from 2011 to 2031.  It identifies the most suitable sites for new housing and what accompanying infrastructure, such as road improvements, new schools and play facilities, is needed to achieve the greatest benefits for the new development and, wherever possible, a wider area.

The draft Local Plan was first submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015 but the Examination was suspended due to the Inspector’s concerns around housing targets and he requested that more work be undertaken. It was re-submitted in March 2017 with 15,950 new homes proposed compared to 10,500 previously including a contribution of 2,750 homes towards Oxford’s ‘unmet’ housing need. 
The Local Plan report has been accepted by the Inspectorate subject to the modifications set out in the Inspector’s report on www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031


Protecting Your Privacy
Woodstock Town Council is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, and your information will be held and handled by us according to this Policy.
All personal data held is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), we are the data controller in respect of information we collect from our clients and enquirers.
Privacy Notice sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

Privacy Notice attached

Applications for Grants & Donations
Applications are invited from local organisations such as clubs, societies and community groups for a grant or donation from Woodstock Town Council.  The aim of these grants and donations is to support organisations shown to be working for the benefit of the people of Woodstock.
Grant application forms and guidance notes are available here
The deadline for the receipt of completed applications for grant aid is Sunday 21st October 2018

Barclays Banking Service
Barclays is trialling a new service at Blenheim's former Estate Office. The service is open on Fridays 10am - 4pm.  A Barclays colleague will be on hand to provide personalised help to customers and non-customers with mobile and digital banking, savings, borrowing, mortgages, business and premier banking.  The service does not offer facilities for cash or cheque transactions.
Appointments need to be booked in advance, see town notice boards or attached information sheet.

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:

London Oxford Airport Consultation
Notification of a Public Consultation was circulated from the Airport Manager, London Oxford Airport.
The consultation period ended on 5th April 2018.  To see the plans, please visit the following webpage: 

Further details at: https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/bznacp.cfm  
                                                                                                                                                                          April 2018

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

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

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
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