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Salt Cross Garden Village

A key element of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2031 is the establishment of a new garden village to the north of the A40 near Eynsham.

The Salt Cross garden village will make a major contribution towards homes and jobs in a high quality living environment. It will unlock funds to improve infrastructure and boost the case for improvements to local transport links, including upgrades to the A40.

It will be a new standalone settlement, self-contained with its own village facilities, such as schools, community resources and employment opportunities. Taking proper account of environmental considerations and planned infrastructure improvements.

The initial garden village proposals set out in the Local Plan include 2,200 new homes and a new science business park which will give local people an alternative to driving to work in Oxford. Nearby Hanborough railway station together with a new Park and Ride facility to the north of Eynsham (expected to be open by 2020) will give people an alternative to using their cars.

Salt Cross Garden Village Area Action Plan

We have been working on a new Area Action Plan (AAP) since 2018, once adopted it will be statutory. The AAP establishes a vision for Salt Cross and will be used alongside the Local Plan and Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan to determine future development proposals.

The final pre-submission draft version of the AAP was published for an eight week period of public consultation from 28 August to 23 October 2020.

We received comments from 60 individuals and organisations (including one joint community response). After considering the responses, we formally submitted the AAP to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination on 10 February 2021.  A copy of the covering letter sent to the Planning Inspectorate is available to download.

The appointed Inspector is Mr Darren McCreery MA BA (Hons) MRTPI.  

 You can view all of the comments and documents submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on the Area Action Plan Examination webpage together with further information on the examination process itself including key dates.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to make hard copies of the submitted AAP documents available to view. If facilities such as our offices and libraries open in the near future, we will try to make hard copies available for inspection.

In the interim, posters will be at these locations to signpost people to the examination webpage. We will also try to make hard copies available on request.

Outline planning application

Grosvenor Developments Ltd. working on behalf of the land owners at the garden village site submitted an outline planning application in July 2020. The application proposals are on Public Access with the reference number 20/01734/OUT.

Background to the garden village

We submitted an expression of interest to the Government in 2016. 

In January 2017, the Government announced that it would contribute funding towards the new Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village alongside 13 other garden villages and three garden towns.

Government backing for the Garden Village allows detailed planning to begin and the opportunity to access infrastructure funding programmes across government, such as the new £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced through last year’s Autumn Statement.