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Oxfordshire Cotswolds 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 Oxfordshire Cotswolds 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.

Area Action Plan

To guide the detailed planning and delivery of the garden village, we are in the process of working with a range of stakeholders to prepare a new Area Action Plan (AAP). Once adopted the AAP will become statutory. It will be used alongside the Local Plan and Eynsham Neighbourhood Plan to determine future proposals at the garden village.

Community representatives, Grosvenor Developments, West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council have held meetings, events, consultations and activities to listen to ideas from a wide range of interests.

Work on the AAP began in 2018 with an initial issues consultation, followed by preferred options in 2019. These stages have included a three day design event, a series of community forum meetings and a number of study tours.

The final ‘pre-submission draft’ version of the AAP went to Council on 29 July 2020 and will be subject to a statutory public consultation before being submitted for independent examination.

The timetable for the area action plan to adoption is expected to be:

  • August and September 2020 a public consultation on the pre-submission draft
  • October 2020 submission of AAP for independent examination
  • December 2020 and January 2021 the examination hearings
  • Spring 2021 receipt of Inspector’s report and adoption of AAP

A series of evidence base reports have been published and are available to download.

Preferred Options consultation

As part of the development of the AAP, we prepared a preferred options paper setting out a draft vision, themes and objectives for the garden village. Along with a series of potential policy approaches dealing with issues such as climate change, active and healthy travel, design and infrastructure.

This preferred options paper was subject to an eight week public consultation from 16 August to 11 October 2019.

The preferred options paper is available to download together with a number of supporting technical studies including a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) report.

During the consultation, we held two public exhibitions, on 6 September at Eynsham Village Hall and on 20 September at Long Hanborough Pavilion. You can view the consultation responses.

A summary report of the consultation will be available to view on this page in due course. All comments received will be taken into account as the final pre-submission draft Area Action Plan is prepared before further public consultation next year. 

Issues paper consultation

As a first step in the Area Action Plan process, we consulted on an initial issues paper from 22 June  to 3 August 2018. The purpose of the issues paper was to seek early views on how to best tackle a number of important issues including transport, housing, jobs and the environment. 

Public exhibitions

As part of the process, three public exhibitions were held:

  • Eynsham: Thursday 28 June St. Leonard’s Church Hall, OX29 4HF
  • Long Hanborough: Friday 6 July Hanborough Pavilion & Village Hall, OX29 8JG
  • Eynsham: Monday 9 July St. Leonard’s Church Hall,  OX29 4HF

The consultation closed on 3 August 2018 and responses were received from over 200 individuals and organisations. A list of respondents is available to download, including links to each individual or organisation's full response.

Also available to download is a summary report of the consultation, which identifies the key issues raised under each consultation question and also more generally.

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.

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