The property development company, the Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF), has applied for planning permission to develop the Jericho canal side. These plans have now been published on the Oxford City Council website.
The public may see the application (50 documents) and comment on the proposal on the Oxford City Council web site, visit: http://www.oxford.gov.uk/planningapplications and search for the reference number 14/01441/FUL.
In summary the application is for “Erection of 22 residential units (consisting of 1 x 2 bed, 13 x 3 bed and 1 x 4 bed houses, plus 3 x 1 bed and 4 x 2 bed flats), together with new community centre, restaurant, boatyard, public square, winding hole and public bridge across the Oxford Canal.”
It is planned that Jericho Wharf Trust will build the community centre and boatyard. The boat yard will have two dry docks, one wet dock and workshop/chandler rooms.
We ask you to consider the following when making comments on the planning application.
There are no moorings allocated for the exclusive use of the boatyard, and without some guarantee of such mooring the business will struggle to be viable.
The Council is insisting on some sort of bridge as part of the plan. The swing bridge proposed will reduce the available mooring space available and be a slight obstacle to navigation, as well as an intermittent hindrance to pedestrians.
By combining the Community Centre and Boatyard, the cost of both is significantly increased, and has greater implications in respect of the noise levels the boat business will inevitably generate.
There is a vagueness about timescales. JCBY would like some conditions that the boatyard would be operational prior to the housing being built.