Johnny Sandleson, the owner is also on briefly at 3 mins
Plans for Jericho canal-side site
January 30 2014
New proposals are about to be presented for the Castlemill boatyard land in Jericho. As you may already know, a private equity fund, the Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF), is purchasing the land and has commissioned architects Haworth Tompkins to indicate how it could be developed. They have now drawn up a scheme which will be the basis for a planning application and on which the public will be consulted, starting on February 7th with a display at St Barnabas Church.
As you may well be aware, this historic boatyard site has already been the subject of two failed planning applications, and has remained derelict for many years. SIAHAF is buying the site with the aim of ‘unlocking’ it and in doing so trying to balance commercial objectives with community aspirations. After initial public feedback, they are aiming for a planning application at the end of February. This would then trigger a further round of six weeks of statutory public consultation as part of the planning process.
In addition to commercial and social housing, the development has to include a sustainable boatyard, a sustainably sized community centre and a lively public square with a bridge to it across the canal. These requirements have been specified in a series of planning decisions and confirmed by the Oxford City Council in a Jericho Canalside Supplementary Planning Document.
In preparing these plans, Haworth Tompkins have had several rounds of discussions with the Jericho Wharf Trust (JWT), two members of which are JCBY directors. Through these two directors JCBY has made known what we think is needed for a sustainable boatyard to the JWT. The JWT in turn has indicated to the architects what it believes would be needed to fulfil the requirements for the site as a whole. Haworth Tompkins have responded with the plans that they will present on February 7th.
The JWT Chair Phyllis Starkey has said: “We have worked hard to engage constructively with SIAHAF and Haworth Tompkins. Although working under constraints of time and of commercial confidentiality, we have had positive discussions so far. The next steps are to seek the views of the wider community and to reflect on the full implications of this complex development and the allocation of space for community facilities.”
“We are pleased that the Howarth Tompkins proposals are now being made public. We know that many people feel strongly about the canalside site, and we welcome the chance for all parties to make their views known. It is vital that this historic site is developed in a way that enhances facilities for Jericho, the canal boaters and the wider Oxford community”
The first public exhibitions of the proposals are to be held on Friday February 7th at St Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street from 10am-1pm, and on Saturday February 8th at Jericho Community Centre, Canal Street, from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm. Please come along and give your opinion of the plans.
In October, 2013 the company Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF), acquired the Jericho Wharf site. This is the same company that is developing Grantham House in Jericho. They are expected to complete early in the New Year. With this in mind they are paying for plans to be drawn up for the site by the architects Howarth Tompkins with the hope of putting in for planning permission as soon as possible.
The present owners plan to try and combine the building of a number of commercial and affordable houses on the site, along with making space available for a DIY-commercial boatyard and community centre to be run by JCBY and the JCA, respectively.
At present JCBY retains various fundamental questions about the plans for the site:
1) How much affordable housing will there be?
2) Will the present mooring spots on the southern end of the site be available for moorings once the site is developed? Will they be available to the boatyard for boats needing internal repairs?
3) Where will we be able to position our ‘service wharf’ for boaters wishing only to pass by for coal, gas, or pumpouts?
The Jericho Wharf Trust (which includes two JCBY members) are engaging with a positive attitude, while reserving support until we see the final plans. We are in talks with the architects, Howarth Tompkins to discuss what would be acceptable on the site from a JWT perspective. At present the architects’ plans appear to be in line with JCBY requirements for out-of-the-water repair spaces and workshop requirements but that does not mean we consider that we are in any way home and dry.
In addition to this, the city council have approved Supplementary Planning Document for the site (that both JCBY and JWT contributed to) and it is now going out for public consultation. It can be found on the Oxford City Council Website.
Progress is being made!
Have a look at the summary of the new Supplementary Planning Document on the Jericho Community Association’s website: http://www.jerichocentre.org.uk/news/news_item/canalside-blueprint
Download the full PDF from the Jericho Wharf Trust website: http://www.jerichowharf.com/images/documents/Jericho-Canalside-SPD-Draft.pdf
And have a read of the leader article in the Oxford Times (05/09/13): http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/opinions/leader/10654278.Shared_vision/
“City Council are just starting to produce a Supplementary Planning Document for the Jericho Boatyard site. We are moving quite rapidly with producing this which will set some design parameters for the development of the site. Such as what size and location of boatyard and community centre, location of housing, position of bridge, heights of buildings etc.”
We have booked the Jericho Community Centre on 10th July (3.30pm – 7.30pm) for an informal drop-in event for local people. We will have free tea and coffee as well as a charity cake sale.
You would be very welcome to come along and let us know what ideas you have.
Matt Morton generously chaired the March AGM.
As 9 directors stood for 9 directors’ posts, a process swiftly brought Bruce, Hugh, Rufus and Sam to the board with previous directors Carole, Ed, Eli, Mark and Steve. The usual reports were received, followed by Stephanie’s presentation on the self build idea. Other discussions followed, the last being DIY provision. Copious thanks were extended to Matt, then most caught up on each others’ lives at the Bear pub. Many thanks go to all those who continue to support JCBY’s aims which optimistically appear significantly nearer.
Attention Boaters, Residents of Jericho, and Friends!
Jericho Community Boatyard Ltd
Annual General Meeting will be held on
Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm
St Aldate’s Room, Oxford Town Hall
On the agenda:
Secretary’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; Election of Directors; Mutual Societies idea; Self-Build Boatyard discussion; Membership drive; AOB.