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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.

We have published the final pre-submission draft version of the AAP which we will submit to the Secretary of State for independent examination.  

The AAP was the subject of an eight week period of public consultation from 28 August until 23 October 2020 in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The comments received to the consultation are currently being reviewed and will be made available online as soon as possible. Along with our next steps.

Pre-submission draft consultation

Copies of the various documents made during the AAP consultation are now available for download below.  

Area action plan

Sustainability appraisal

Supporting evidence




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.

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.


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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