Louie Memorial Fields & Pavilion

In the November 2022 meeting NHPC appointed Jessop and Cook as architects for the new Louie Memorial Pavilion.

EPC reports May 2021

In May Energy Performance Certificate inspections took place and reports have been supplied giving the Pavilion an EPC rating of B and the former Scout Hut an EPC rating of G. The G rating for the former Scout Hut means NHPC as landlord cannot grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants, unless an exemption has been registered. The full reports and certificate can be found below:

Scout Hut Condition Report 31st May 2021

An informal NHPC report was supplied by Cllr Blase in his role of Parish Councillor (not in a
professional capacity) with accompanying photos. These were presented at the 24th June 2021 Parish Council meeting. View the report and photos below:

Pavilion Plans approved

The planning application for a new Louie Memorial Pavilion was granted on 31st July 2019. You can view the decision notice and all submission documentation on the Vale website.

In response to requests, NHPC has created a webpage- Scout hut lease background where you can see a timeline and access documentation of previous decisions taken by Council in relation to a lease agreement with the 4th Oxford Scouts.


The land of the Louie Memorial Playing Fields was given to North Hinksey Parish Council by the Kingerlee family in 1939. The area consists of three main areas: an upper playing field, a lower playing field, and adjacent woodland and fen. The upper and lower fields are divided from each other by Arnold’s Way. 

Facilities include Upper Field: the Pavilion and Scout Hut, marked football pitch, Trim Trail exercise equipment, Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) and youth shelter; Lower Field: children’s play park, seating, car park.

Rejuvenation of Louie Memorial Playing Fields

Throughout 2018 NHPC, supported by planning consultants Nortoft,  undertook master planning for improving the facilities at Louie Memorial Playing Fields.

The first-phase improvements were delivered in January 2019, when new play equipment for older children and teenagers was installed in the upper Louie Memorial Playing Field near the MUGA. Coverage in Oxford Mail article here.

NHPC has now been granted planning approval for a new multi-use community building to replace the outdated Pavilion and Scout Hut. The plans were developed in collaboration with community stakeholders and in response to a public consultation held in April 2018. 

The planning application documents are here:

Existing plans:

Approved plans:

Planning documents:

Documents from previous phases of the planning process are here:

An article in the March 2018 edition of the Sprout outlined the recent history.

Nortoft were appointed in December 2017 following competitive tender in response to a consultants’ brief written jointly by representatives of NHPC, the 4th Oxford Scouts, Louie Memorial Pavilion Trustees, and leisure officers Vale District Council.

Public consultation: agreement with Matthew Arnold School

In late 2017 a public consultation was held asking for views on a proposal by Matthew Arnold school to use the football pitch and hard-surface games area (MUGA) at the Louie Memorial Upper Field for PE lessons and afterschool football fixtures. 100 people took part, 93 from North Hinksey parish. The full results are available to download here. The proposal was discussed again at the September Council meeting focusing mainly on how much MAS would be charged for after school football pitch hire and details of the football pitch maintenance schedule). The proposal was passed at the  October 2017 meeting and the trial period began in January 2018

Copse/Fen – Projects and Management


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